Following his recent spate of playing against his good guy persona in Knives Out and the upcoming The Gray Man, Chris Evans is back on familiar heroic ground in his new movie Lightyear, Pixar’s sort-of prequel to Toy Story, in which he voices the astronaut who would go on to inspire Tim Allen’s action figure character in the original movies. (It makes sense, honest.)
Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment correspondent Kevin Polowy while promoting Lightyear, Evans reflected on how life has changed for him since he stepped away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in which he played Steve Rogers aka Captain America from 2011’s The First Avenger to 2019’s Endgame.
In addition to playing a wider variety of roles, Evans explained that his training routine has also different since he hung up the shield, and he is carrying a lot less muscle these days.
“[It’s] a literal weight off,” he said. “I’ve shed like 15 pounds. Every time people see me, they’re like, you OK? You’ve lost a little bit of weight… I haven’t had to hit the gym as hard.”
“You know, it’s different, it’s different,” he continued. “For 10 years, you always have a movie around the corner, for 10 years it’s always, you finish one and then your life is scheduled by, OK, in six months we have press, six more months we start the next movie. To kind of have open waters is, there’s parts of it that are nice, and parts of it that I really really miss, because it was a role that meant a lot to me, and I love those people, and it’ll be the best 10 years of my professional life, without any question, forever.”
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