Hemsworth. Pine. Pratt. Evans. At one point or another over the past few years you’ll have seen their rough-hewn, masculine-but-boyish good looks starring down at you from 12 foot-high movie banners.
Now, with the release of The Avengers: Age Of Ultron days away, we've due to see a whole lot more of two of them in particular.
On the face of it, four actors with the same first names all supporting big, summer tentpole movies is strange enough. Even stranger, though, are their physically similarities. From their gym-honed physiques (all have bodies carved out of sunshine and granite), square jaws complete with light stubble, dark blonde hair and clear green or piercing blue eyes, it seems as though all four Chrises were selected from the same box that simply read "Movie Star 101".
The similarities continue: they’re all in their early thirties (Pratt is the oldest at 35) three of them have starred in in the biggest comic-book movies of all time (Marvel's The Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy) and two of them (Pine, Pratt) have been touted to takeover the role of Indiana Jones, should a reboot get off the ground.
And while they all seem likeable enough, it can be difficult to tell exactly which Hollywood Chris we're dealing with at any given moment, which is why we’ve compiled a handy guide.
1 | Chris Evans
Acting Credits: An incredible 12 comic book films, ranging from the awful Fantastic Four to this week's soon to be mega-blockbuster The Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Highlights: A toss up between playing a cold, blank and emotionless killer in last year's The Iceman or playing a cold, blank and (almost) emotionless hero in (the very good) Captain America series and both Avengers films.
Off-screen persona: After 15 years of running from explosions and punching people through walls, Evans is making plans to stay off screen for good. The actor is reportedly eyeing up a permanent seat in the director’s chair, with his directorial debut romance film Before We Go having made waves at last year's Toronto International Film Festival.
Most likely to say: “I see Captain America in my dreams. Please, save me from this Marvel contract.”
What does he bring to the table? He’s made his name playing straight-laced, straightforward and very serious roles. Basically, he’d be first choice if ever a stand-in was needed for Orlando Bloom.
Most likely to be photographed… Hanging out at Comic Con with a glazed over expression, signing endless action figures from films he’s long since forgotten making.
2 | Chris Pratt
Acting Credits: Parks and Recreation, Her, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Jurassic World.
Highlights: After consistently being the best thing about NBC sitcom Parks and Rec, Pratt has more than proved he can do everything from comedy to serious roles. Just watch his on-point turn as a Navy Seal in Zero Dark Thirty.
Who are they off-screen? Based on the interview in Esquire US, in real life Pratt is basically Andy Dwyer from Parks and Recreation, which is no bad thing. He’s also married to Ana Farris, which is also not a bad thing, unless she ever makes him watch Scary Movie 2.
Most likely to say: "The lens is a douche magnet. It just pulls it out of my face" (He did say this, right here)
What does he bring to the table? So far we get the impression that Chris Pratt can’t quite believe his luck. While he’s great in everything, there’s always a skittish energy to his performances, like he might bound out of shot at any moment if someone offered him a ride to the beach. Or Burger King.
Most likely to be photographed… by himself, in his pants, standing in front of a mirror. You’ve changed Chris, you’ve changed.
3 | Chris Hemsworth
Acting Credits: Neighbours, Snowwhite and the Huntsman, The Avengers, In The Heart Of The Sea
Highlights: Rush, Thor
Who are they off-screen? While we’d love to claim Hemsworth’s performance as James Hunt was all method, it seems the actor’s lifestyle is the complete opposite of the late, hard-living Formula One legend, with the Australian actor preferring to stay in with his older wife and three young children.
Most likely to say: “Matt Damon once said to me, ‘Just stay boring. Don’t go spilling out of a club at four in the morning and you’ll be fine.’”
What does he bring to the table? He’s ever so-slightly more rugged than the other Chrises, owing to his long hair and love of beards. He’s also got a very laid-back vibe about him, making him perfect for any upcoming surfing biopics.
Most likely to be photographed…On a beach with his top off, on a boat with his top off, or holding a surfboard, on the way to the beach with his top off.
4 | Chris Pine
Acting Credits: Star Trek, This Means War, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Highlights: He's done a number of under-seen and under-valued indie films, but Pine's true talents lie as a bona-fide franchise leading man, going from cocksure in Star Trek to out-of-his-depth-yet-eager in Jack Ryan.
Who are they off-screen? After ending a long-term relationship Pine seems to be the Chris most ready to accept the “film star life”. He’s known to like a drink (followed by a good lie-in) and drives a Porsche 911 Carrera S.
Most likely to say: Something a bit silly, most probably about dildos (as he did in our May cover feature).
What unique talent do they bring to the table? Pine has perfected the "just-about-likeable jock" look, a talent he's used to great effect against Tom Hardy in This Means War, and perfected as Captain James T Kirk in both of JJ Abrams' Star Trek films.
Most likely to be photographed… Wearing either a great suit, or a terrible beanie from circa 2006.
Who's the best Chris?