Chris Evans Is Proud Of Just Three of His Films -- Which Ones?

In a new interview at Prestige Hong Kong, Chris Evans, he of Fantastic Four and Captain America and the upcoming Avengers fame, admits that some -- okay, a lot -- of his films haven't been very good. In fact, he'll even give you a number: "I’ve made about 20 movies and I’m probably proud of three," he said, admitting that press tours do a number on his nerves because he's forced to put on a brave face to promote "piece[s] of shit." Aww, Chris. Fret not! You've got some solid movies under your belt! Let's name them and guess which trio of credits Evans is most proud of.

You've got to give Evans points for candor; even while he was promoting Captain America he acknowledged that it took a lot of convincing for him to take on the responsibility of a ginormous superhero franchise that could make or break his career. According to his Prestige chat, he sought help from a therapist to deal with the pressures of the gig even before filming, which might be when this revelation hit:

"I started to realise, I think the main reason I struggle so much in press, is because I’m usually promoting a piece of shit. It’s really difficult to find a flowery way to tell people to go see this movie, that your face is all over, that your name is all over, that you’re endorsing. And then you begin to feel like a liar, like you’re transparent. You feel undeserving and it makes the interview extremely uncomfortable, for me at least.

But you know what? Sunshine, which he's said is a favorite of his, was great (well, until the end). Captain America earned far more critical acclaim than his previous superhero stint in the Fantastic Four films. And Evans lent a fantastic injection of mocking Hollywood swagger to his Lucas Lee in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

Hell, even Not Another Teen Movie was pretty funny, and launched Evans' career, and despite its mixed reviews, the indie drama Puncture, in which he played a drug-addicted lawyer, was a bold move. Granted, there have been many misfires -- 16 out of 19 of his films are "rotten" on Rotten Tomatoes -- but they're not all complete stinkers, are they? Surely he's proud of his work in more than just three? Take a look at Evans' full filmography and chime in.

The Newcomers (2000)
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
The Perfect Score (2004)
Cellular (2004)
Fierce People (2005)
Fantastic Four (2005)
London (2005)
TMNT (2007)
Sunshine (2007)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
The Nanny Diaries (2007)
Battle for Terra (2007)
Street Kings (2008)
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)
Push (2009)
The Losers (2010)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Captain America (2011)
Puncture (2011)
What's Your Number? (2011)

[Prestige Hong Kong via Moviefone]


  • danrydell says:

    Not Another Teen Movie has to be one of these, right?

    Then I'd say Push and Captain America, maybe The Losers.

  • Vince says:

    I will go to my grave defending CELLULAR, which is a perfect popcorn thriller.

    • Tommy Marx says:

      With you on that one, Vince. I didn't know anything about Cellular (or Chris Evans, for that matter) when I first saw it, and I not only enjoyed it a lot, I thought Chris was fantastic in it. Easily my favorite of his movies.

  • Jake says:

    In all seriousness, I'm guessing Puncture is one of them-- Low budget, played a bit against type, some anti hero elements.

    Good m

  • Jake says:

    In all seriousness, I'm guessing Puncture is one of them-- Low budget, played a bit against type, some anti hero elements.

    Good movie too.

  • Jake says:

    Sorry 'bout the double post.

    Hit the wrong button.


  • Lajka says:

    I'd say Scott Pilgrim, Captain America and London.

  • The Winchester says:

    Even though Not Another Teen Movie isn't that great, he's terrific in it. His "But she's got GLASSES and a PONYTAIL, and PAINT ON HER JEANS!" is truly brilliant.

    And yeah, I'd put Sunshine, Scott Pilgrim and Losers as the contenders, for the best ones, even though I enjoy him in Street Kings, Push, Cellular, Cap America, even the Fantastic 4 flicks (he's the best thing in them)...

    You know what I'm realizing as I write this, is that even though he may not be in the best movies, he's usually the best thing in them.

    • Jen Yamato says:

      "...even though he may not be in the best movies, he's usually the best thing in them."

      So true.

  • Shala says:

    I think Jen hit the nail on the head. I think his favorites are probably "Sunshine", "Scott Pilgrim" and "Puncture" (which I think his is best work). I'm sure three was a number he just threw out there and may be accurate though. I haven't seen most of his movies but I have seen many and they will generally not great ("Cellular", "Fantastic Four", "The Nanny Diaries", "A Perfect Score", etc).

    I do love however when actors open up honestly about their movies. It makes me feel better that they are not going around thinking their bad movies are really good.

    • Jen Yamato says:

      Agreed re: honesty. Can't blame them for putting their best faces forward come promo time, but you know they know...

  • Boricua in Texas says:

    He was very funny in Scott pilgrim, and I liked him in Push, though I know the movie is not Oscar material. Plus, he was the best thing about the Fantastic Four movies.

  • sweetvalleyguy says:

    All of his movies, so far, are crap. But he's very likeable (and good looking!)

  • SD says:

    I am a little late to the party but can I just say how pleased I am to find out that I am not the only one who liked Push (not based upon a novel by Sapphire).

    And when I first saw it I didn't like the ending of Sunshine but it has grown on me the more I watch it.

  • sweetvalleyguy says:

    Does this mean Chris is going to refund all us fans who saw his crappy movies? If so:

    Not Another Teen Movie – Chris appeared in a whipped cream bikini…. No refund required

    Cellular – Haven’t seen it, but there’s a hot topless pic of him around somewhere, however I understand he’s not in it for long...refund maybe required

    Push – Don’t remember him taking his kit off in this…possible refund required

    What’s your number – He collects his paper in the nude and takes off his clothes regularly…. A bucket to catch drool is required, but no refund

    Captain America – He’s buff and hot as for the second part of the movie… no refund required

    Scott Pilgrim vs the World – He doesn’t get his kit off, but the movie was pretty funny… No refund required

    Fantastic Four – runs around in nothing but a quilt/tight blue latex suit – no refund required

    Sunshine – goes into space and doesn’t take kit off – refund and compensation money for extreme boredom/poor ending required

    The Nanny Diaries – takes kit off but customer forced to endure 2 hours of ScarJo – refund required

  • Charlotte says:

    Wow that man is refreshingly honest (not too sure it's the best move in a notoriously touchy town).
    Sunshine obviously, he commented on it being his favourite film himself a couple of years back. Rightly so, it's a good movie (shitty end though)and in all seriousness his performance is one of the if not the best in it (not as showy as Murphy's but gripping).
    I liked Captain America a lot,mainly because of that infectious Menken propaganda song. It isn't a piece of art but in his genre it was one of the better ones of the last ten years.
    He was good in pucnture, but I wouldn't call the film that good. It could have been better.
    Still those seem like the 3 most likely to me.
    Personally I loved The Losers, again no art but one of the most genuinely entertaining action movies I've seen in years. It didn't take itself too seriously a rare thing in Hollywood.
    Loved Scott Pilgrim and liked the fact that Evans wasn't afraid to send himself up in that one.
    Push could have been a lot better, but the premise was allright.
    Street kings was ok, nothing special, but ok.
    What's your number was a mess though, but I generally dislike romcoms so what do I know. Again he was the least annoying person in that movie.
    All in all I think the man's being to hard on himself.

  • 2+2=5 says:

    Oh, come on! Sunshine was an excellent film. He didn't have a big part in it but the movie is solid. I think the three are Sunshine, Cellular and Captain America.

  • Max Renn says:

    The quality of his movies may be variable, but Chris Evans definitely has screen charisma that very often outshines his co-stars.

  • Morgo says:

    Well I really liked Nanny Diaries but I have terrible taste

  • DJ says:

    He's quoted as having e-mailed Joe Johnson to thank him "for making a movie I can be proud of" (Captain America).

  • Yes I liked Chris Evans in cellular and I loved him playing Johnny storm aka the human torch I think Chris needs to return to that movie the fantastic four he is awesome in that I can't see someone else playing that part Chris is awesome in captain america, he makes me want to be a superhero

  • Danielle says:

    Push, Captain America, and What's your Number were really good movies. especially Captain America 😀

  • I have yet to see one of Chris' films (almost got the complete filmography done, less than five I haven't seen) where he isn't one of the best parts if not THE best part of it. He's the only part of "Street Kings" I can tolerate at all (honestly, who WROTE that?), and he'd have been just as wonderful in "What's Your Number?" even if he'd been fully clothed the whole time. Chris has such a gift for nuance and emotional depth, of finding the "real" in any character, even if he's given almost nothing to work with (ie, "Fierce People"). "Loss of a Teardrop Diamond" left me in tears (the good kind) because of his performance. And he made Steve Rogers (Capt America) REAL: not a corny, self-righteous cartoon, which is always a danger with a comic-book movie. We fell in love with Steve Rogers long before he stepped into that laboratory pod. WAAAAAY too hard on himself. He should be proud of every performance he's logged. Though there is a point that it's so hard to plug a film that overall really wasn't done right.

  • John Doe says:

    honestly he was the highlight of the Fantastic Four. I only remember the crap like Mr.Famtasic making a fire hose with his body, and the awesome stuff like a motocross driver launching himself in the air while lighting himself on fire. I also enjoyed Not Another Teen Movie and Scott Pilgrim. Even in the crappy films, like Rise of the Silver Surfer and London, he's one of the better elements.

  • Burt Kohl says:

    This blog was... how do I say it? Relevant!! Finally I have found something that
    helped me. Many thanks!