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Here's How Chris Evans Went From 'Captain America' To Rom-Com Director

Think Whedon, Not Fury.

With Reporting By Josh Horowitz

Chris Evans' "Before We Go," which premiered at this year's Toronto International Film Festival, marks a big departure for the superstar. Not only is the romantic comedy a far cry from his superheroics as Captain America, it also marks his first time behind the camera as a director.

Still, that doesn't mean that the two movies are completely unrelated. In fact, Evans says without Cap, he might not have been able to direct in the first place.

"The fact is, doing these Marvel movies gives a certain amount of international notoriety and awareness," Evans said. "And that awareness is what affords you the opportunity to greenlight a movie. If you can greenlight a movie by itself and get it on its feet, why not try to direct?"

But the actor had to make a huge transition, considering he never had much experience. Luckily, being on set as Cap helped with that too.

"I've wanted to direct for years, but I never went to film school, and I have no right to be directing," Evans said. "It was very lucky that this Marvel universe has given me such an opportunity to take that chance and let other people, producers take a risk on me."

And just who did Evans learn from on set?

"It's awful to say, but I feel like you learn more from the bad directors than you do from the good," Evans said. "I love the directors that know what they want... when a director knows what they want, that's what breeds allegiance."

And did a certain Mr. Whedon make the cut as one of the good ones?

"Who's that guy?" Evans joked. "When is he gonna make a good movie?"