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20 Things You Didn't Know About Chris Evans

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People who have been paying attention to the Marvel Cinematic Universe should have no problem recognizing Chris Evans as the man playing Captain America, which is one of the most prominent roles in the entire franchise. As a result, there can be no doubt that he belongs on the list of the most famous actors and actresses in Hollywood, though it is important to note that he had a long and successful career performing in a wide range of roles for a wide range of movies before he made his debut in the red, white, and blue.

Over the course of his career, Evans has managed to build a respectable fan base through his continuing efforts, which consists of people intrigued by his well-known ambiguity towards his status as a superstar as well as the rest of what is known about him. Here are 20 things that you did not know about Chris Evans:

Evans was born on June 13 in 1981 to Robert Evans and Lisa Capuano. His full name is Christopher Robert Evans, which was turned into the nickname "Cevans" by his friends in his childhood. For those who are curious about the pronunciation of "Cevans," the C is pronounced as a soft C, meaning that "Cevans" sounds like "Sevens."

Evans's mother is the artistic director at the Concord Youth Theater.  As a result, it should come as no surprise to learn that some of his siblings have a strong interest in acting as well. For example, his sister Carly graduated from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University before becoming a drama and English teacher at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. Furthermore, his brother Scott has had some commercial success of his own as a TV actor.

People who watch soap operas might be able to recognize Scott in his most famous role so far on One Life to Live. Starting in January of 2008 and lasting until April of 2010, he played Llanview police officer Oliver Fish, who was built up over the course of months and months before managing to star in his own narrative on the long-running show. In short, the character came out as being gay before getting romantically involved with another male character named Kyle Lewis, which actually created some controversy at the time because one of the actresses had to be replaced when she reacted poorly to the decision on what she said to have been religious grounds. Since that role, Scott has continued performing in a wide range of roles for a wide range of TV shows

Evans's uncle is Mike Capuano, who has had a long and successful career as a politician. In brief, he served 9 years as the Mayor of Somerville in the state of Massachusetts before he became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. First, he served as the representative of Massachusetts's 8th District from 1999 to 2013 before becoming the representative of Massachusetts's 7th District in 2013, where he has remained as the incumbent since that time. A run for Senator in 2010 failed, while a potential run for Governor in 2014 never materialized.

Both Evans and his siblings were raised as Catholics. However, it is interesting to note that he has expressed some pantheistic views in the past, which is interesting because pantheism is not an orthodox position in Roman Catholicism, seeing as how it denies the existence of a personal God in preference for the belief that the divine encompasses the whole of existence. Furthermore, he has expressed some interest in Buddhism as well, though more in its philosophies than in its more theistic practices.

One of Evans's earliest experiences in his career was acting as the model for a character named Tyler in a board game called Mystery Date, which was released by the Milton Bradley Company in 1965 but has since been re-released in 1970, 1999, and 2005. Like the name of the board game suggests, the goal of the players was to get a good date while avoiding what the game called the dud by rolling dice, drawing cards, and spinning a handle. Unsurprisingly, Evans was not the actor chosen to depict the dud.

His first role on the TV screen came with The Newcomers in 2000, while his first role on the movie screen came with Not Another Teen Movie in 2001. Given its name, it should come as no surprise to learn that it was one in a series of movies that parodied various genres, with other examples ranging from its predecessor to Epic Movie and Scary Movie. In Not Another Teen Movie, Evans played the football jock who would have been the antagonist in the sort of movie that it parodied, but instead turned out to be the protagonist, who managed to fall in love while seeking to spite his former girlfriend by dating someone unconventional.

In 2005, Evans played the protagonist Syd in an independent film called London, which showed the degree of his commitment to his career. In short, Syd was supposed to be someone with poor control over himself as well as the circumstances of his life, not least because he spends a fair amount of time snorting a fair amount of cocaine. To prepare for the role, Evans started eating less, stopped exercising altogether, and started sleeping as little as possible, thus making his performance as an out-of-control wreck of a human being that much more convincing.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are not the first time that Evans has performed in something with a connection to superheroes. For example, he played the protagonist in Push, which was a 2009 movie that used the classic comic book plot of relatively normal people with superpowers teaming up in order to defeat a government agency that is experimenting on others of their kind in a diabolic attempt to create super soldiers. In the case of Evans's character, he was something that the movie called a Mover, which is someone with the power to move both animate and inanimate objects by means of telekinesis.

For that matter, the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are not the first time that Evans has performed in a movie based on a comic book. After all, he played one of the main roles in The Losers, which was based on the comic book series of the same name by Vertigo. When it came out in 2010, The Losers was compared to the remake of The A-Team, which came out at around the same time, because it was about U.S. Special Forces operatives who were betrayed by their handler and forced to seek revenge through extralegal means.

At around the same time, Evans also appeared in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, which is another movie based on a comic book of the same name. This time, he did not play the protagonist, Scott Pilgrim, but instead made an appearance as Lucas Lee, who was one of the love interest's seven evil exes. Amusingly, Lucas Lee is an evil Hollywood actor who is defeated when the protagonist of the movie convinced him to do a dangerous stunt that was too much for his skateboarding skills to handle.

Finally, it might amuse some people to know that the Marvel Cinematic Universe is not even the first time that Evans has played a character from one of Marvel's comic books. This is because he played the role of the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies that came out in 2005 and 2007, who was known for being hot-headed in both the literal sense and the metaphorical sense, thus living up to his name as a superhero. With that said, it might interest some people to know that the Fantastic Four are not technically part of the setting laid out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe because of the different companies that own the right to make movies based on the different franchises.

When the Marvel Cinematic Universe was starting out, the choice was made to sign their main actors for multiple movies, thus eliminating some of the complications that come from having to switch them out on a semi-regular basis. In Evans's case, he was signed to do six movies as Captain America. So far, he has had starring roles in five movies, having appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Captain America: Civil War as well as The Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Since Captain America is such an important character in the setting laid out in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Evans has appeared in a number of other movies in the franchise as well, though they do not count when it comes to his six-movie contract. For example, he made a short appearance in Thor: The Dark World, though he was uncredited for that particular movie. Furthermore, he made a short appearance in Ant-Man, which was shown after the credits had rolled as a way of tying it further to the rest of the franchise.

Evans has had a mixed reaction to his success as well as the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. On the one hand, he needed to get therapy in order to cope with the changes in his life after the franchise started soaring through the ranks. On the other hand, he has mentioned that he is happy with how his choice to take on the role of Captain America has turned out, so much so that he has stated that he is willing to do more Marvel Cinematic Universe movies if Marvel is interested in keeping him on.

Since taking on the role of Captain America, Evans has picked up a second nickname because of his fans, who call him "Dorito." This is because the Captain America suit made his upper body look like the eponymous snack, which was noticed when someone pointed out that the proportions of his shoulders to his waist resulted in an excellent match for the chip when it has its point down. From a single observation, the nickname soon spread throughout the Internet, with the result that it is now stuck.

Like some of the other actors in the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, Evans has dressed up as the character that he plays from time to time for the sake of charitable causes. In his case, he has been photographed in his costume as Captain America while visiting sick children at Seattle Children's Hospital. This is particularly interesting because Evans has stated in the past that he is uncomfortable at promotional events while wearing such costumes, thus making it all the more admirable.

Curiously, Evans does not actually have a high opinion of the movies that he has performed in, so much so that he has stated at one point in the past that he was proud of no more than 3 out of the numerous movies that he has performed in. In main, this seems to be because Evans has high standards for himself, which could be why he has stated that he is surprised whenever one of his movies turn out to be a commercial success.

From time to time, Evans has had second thoughts about whether he wants to continue acting in movies. For example, he has stated a desire in the not so distant past to focus more on directing movies rather than acting in them, which bore results when he made his directorial debut with Before We Go in 2014 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Furthermore, he has also stated a desire to retire from acting sometime in the future in order to raise a family close to where he grew up close to Boston in the state of Massachusetts.

Evans went to his prom with someone who proceeded to ditch him in order to get together with her ex after having danced with him all-night at the event. At the time, he was heart-broken. Since that time, Evans has had a number of relationship. Some of which have been successful, while others have been less so.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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