4YE Spotlight: Chris Evans, A Definitive Look At His Top 5 Roles

Photo: REUTERS/Paul Hackett
Photo: REUTERS/Paul Hackett

In case you couldn’t tell by our Chris Evans themed piece last week, some of us here at 4YE are on a bit of a Chris Evans kick. And what better way to show our love and appreciation than by creating not one, but three original stories dedicated to the man so you too can join the party.

While Evans most known for his work with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as everyone’s favourite Captain America, Evans has proved time and time again over his years in Hollywood that he is a versatile actor (and director!) who is up to any challenge.

This piece will look at, in our humble opinions, Evans’s top 5 roles…and maybe a few extra.

Johnny Storm – Fantastic Four (2005) 

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It’s hard to think of Chris Evans and Marvel and not automatically think of Captain America, but there was definitely a time when he wasn’t known for good ol’ Steve; he was known as “Flame Boy” (the Human Torch) in Marvel’s Fantastic Four.

With a reboot on the way, Evans won’t be able to hang on to that flaming title for much longer, but some people (including us here at 4YE) won’t be forgetting that amazing sass…and probably not the abs either.

Johnny Storm, also known as the Human Torch,  is a daredevil and an astronaut (best combination, am I right?) who gains his powers the way the rest of the Fantastic Four do – by cosmic rays. Much like his superhero name suggests, the powers Storm has allows him to fully engulf his body in flames. As if that isn’t cool enough, Storm can also fly, harmlessly absorb flames, and control any flames around him. He’s catchphrase is, very originally, “Flame on.”

If you need to light some candles, he’s the man you’d want to call.

Johnny Storm had to make it on our list because it was Evans’s first venture into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and he is an amazingly fun character to watch.

Lucas Lee –Scott Pilgrim vs the World (2010)

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The second one of Ramona Flowers’ evil ex-boyfriends was a gem: Lucas Lee, professional skater turned actor. He was an extremely cocky dude but hey, it was portrayed by Chris Evans!

With the worst eyebrows we’ve seen on him and a cocky attitude, he brought some trouble to poor Scott Pilgrim who, luckily, managed to outsmart him. And seriously, with that physique, who can blame Ramona for dating him?

In order to continue with his relationship with Ramona Flowers, Scott Pilgrim has to defeat Ramona’s seven evil ex-boyfriends: Matthew Patel, Lucas Lee, Todd Ingram, Roxy Richter, the Katayanagi twins and Gideon Graves. Each of them has some type of power, and to be perfectly honest, Lucas Lee is the most handsome out of all of them. But of course.

Lucas Lee made it to our list because it’s a complete opposite from Evans sweet and humble nature. And those eyebrows were truly awful.

Plus, he has some memorable lines (well, the whole movie has a bunch of memorable lines!).

Curtis Everett – Snowpiercer (2014)

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Out of all the characters he has played, this is the one that has been praised the most and with good reason.

In Snowpiercer, we see a new side of Chris Evans: dark, on the edge, and with a huge dramatic load.

Set in a not so far post-apocalyptic ice age, humanity’s last survivors have been forced to live inside a globe-spanning supertrain: the Snowpiercer. Much like life before the apocalypse, society is divided in levels, with Curtis being part of the poorest side of the train. Not willing to stand hunger and social injustice anymore, Curtis and a group of people from the poor side make a plan to get to the front side.

There’s a certain part of the movie worth mentioning here… Potential spoiler ahead! If you haven’t watched the movie and you don’t want to know about a certain part of it, you should skip the following. Right when Curtis reaches the door to the front side of the train and he makes the confession of knowing what human flesh tastes like… and that babies taste better… Can we just give all the awards to Chris Evans now?!

Jake Wyler – Not Another Teen Movie (2001)

Credit: Columbia Pictures
Credit: Columbia Pictures

No Chris Evans definitive top roles list is complete without adding the role that introduced Evans to world.

Not Another Teen Movie is a parody of teen movies (kind of like Scary Movie). Pretty much every teen movie produced in Hollywood over the last 30 years or so could be found in this particular film. While the film’s plot is for the most part based on the events featured in the films Can’t Hardly WaitPretty in PinkShe’s All That, and 10 Things I Hate About You, the film is chock-full with allusions to other teen films including Bring It OnAmerican PieCruel Intentions,  American BeautyNever Been KissedFerris Bueller’s Day OffCan’t Buy Me LoveVarsity Blues, and The Breakfast Club.

Evans’ portrays Jake Wyler, who is a combination of Freddie Prinze Jr’s Zach Siler from She’s All That, and Heath Ledger’s Patrick Verona from  10 Things I Hate About You. Jake is your stereotypical popular jock, which Evans channels effortlessly in his debut film. Evans does his role justice as he is perfection in playing both a charming nice guy who is also quirky and a bit of a heartbreaker at times.

One of the best things about this film though is how Evans displays that he can have chemistry with just about anyone. He just oozes charisma, and the energy between him and anyone he is sharing a scene with is electrifying. For his first major role, Evans set the tone for his career as being an actor that anyone in Hollywood would definitely have a good time working with and be completely compatible with as well.

If that doesn’t sell you on why this role should be on the list, here’s an added bonus: Evans sings in the movie, and it is so awesomely bad that it’s funny. Any actor who can put himself out there like that is beyond worthy of our attention.

Captain Steve Rogers – Captain America: The First Avenger/ Avengers/Captain America: The Winter Soldier/Avengers: Age of Ultron (2011, 2012, 2014, 2015)

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Last but certainly not least is the role that has catapulted Chris Evans’ career into the stratosphere. People all over the world have fallen in love with Evans’ portrayal of Captain America, the ultimate good guy and super soldier. You would have to have a heart made of stone to be immune from the irresistible pull of Evans’ Captain America.

Evans has played Steve Rogers in four MCU films so far with another one to start production in the upcoming year, giving us plenty of time to really get to know this character and appreciate how much of himself Evans has put into his portrayal of Steve Rogers.

How can you not love Cap? It’s impossible. The little guy from Brooklyn who is given his chance to face the bullies of the world; his story is compelling. From the moment we lay our eyes on Steve Rogers you care about him, and I’m willing to bet that Evans’ portrayal of him is a huge chunk of the reason.

Evans’ once again proves that he could create chemistry with a stack of books. Fans around the world ship Captain America with pretty much every, and any character that appears with him on screen. Evans’ has such great relationships with his cast mates, and it is definitely evident on screen.

Let’s take his beautiful friendship with Sebastian Stan as an example. The bromance best known as “EvanStan” can be felt both on screen under the codename of “Stucky” and off screen when you see these two greeting each other like friends who haven’t seen each other in years or when you see them interacting in press conferences. We have the feeling Chris Evans is actually Captain America undercover. We love him.

Honorable Mention

Colin Shea – What’s Your Number? (2011)

Credit: 20th Century Fox
Credit: 20th Century Fox

We had to toss this role in as our honorable mention because unlike the previous roles, this role gives us a look at Evans’ rom-com side. While we love him in his action/serious role, we really love how this role took Evans back to his roots, and reminded us of how much of an average Joe he really is.

As Colin Shea, he’s your boy next door with playboy tendencies who actually has an adorkable side to him. From the start, Evans as Colin has us swooning and rooting for his character to be the one Anna Faris’ Ally Darling to fall in love with.

It also doesn’t hurt that Evans shows off his buff Captain America body in this film, plays the guitar, and sings (though a million times better this go-round).  If Ally doesn’t want him, we’ll gladly take him off her hands.

This concludes our look at Chris Evans’ top five definitive roles. Did your favorites make the cut?

Stay tuned as we have one more Chris Evans feature to share as we conclude our special look at this incredible actor.

Melissa LoParco
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