Join us in wishing Chris Evans “happy birthday”, as he begins the final year of his 30s.
Evans has been on fire for the past decade —ever since Captain America: The First Avenger graced screens in 2011. Since that point he’s starred or cameoed as Steve Rogers/Captain America in 10 other movies, including the 4 Avengers films and Spider-Man: Homecoming (all of which are currently back at the Box).
But longtime fans of Evans’ know that he was in another superhero franchise before ever picking up the starred shield. One of his first high-profile roles was Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in 2005’s Fantastic 4 and 2007’s Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
However, that’s not where I first remember seeing Chris on the big screen, because I was never into the F4 and therefore didn’t watch those movies. For me it was two films in 2010: the inventive comic adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, in which Evans plays a complete jerk, and the A-Team rip-off The Losers, in which he’s the nerdy and unintentionally funny guy. The next year in 2011, Captain America came out in the summer, and then in the fall Evans starred in the sweet rom-com What’s Your Number? opposite Anna Faris.
And honestly I think those 4 films from the breakout period of his career best encapsulate what makes Evans such a Hollywood powerhouse now. He played completely different types of characters in each of these wildly different movies, showing that he’s more than just a pretty face or action hero.
He has continued to make those smart career choices ever since. Take, for instance, starring in Bong Joon-ho’s gritty post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer in 2013. And trying his hand at producing and directing while also starring in 2014’s indie rom-com Before We Go. And more recently, performing on Broadway in “Lobby Hero” in 2018, and then playing a first-rate a-hole in the acclaimed 2019 murder-mystery Knives Out AND then portraying the concerned father of a troubled boy in the Apple+ adaptation of Defending Jacob this year.
There really doesn’t seem to be anything Chris can’t do. Except stop time. He IS turning 39 today, so all of us at Redbox wish him a wonderful birthday. We can’t wait to see what he does next!