There's a big backlash out there over celebrities speaking their minds on politics, but if anyone can get away with it, it's probably Captain America. Who really wants to miss out on the "Avengers" films because they disagree with one of the guys in a suit? If anyone answers "Me" to that, Chris Evans is OK with it.
Chris Evans has a great new profile in Esquire, covering all manner of topics. He's promoting his new movie "Gifted," which he filmed in between "Captain America: Civil War" and the next "Avengers" movies. The story says after his next two Marvel movies, which will be shot back to back beginning in April, Evans will stop playing Cap. "He will have fulfilled his contract." And he'll have more time to make smaller films like "Gifted."
In the meantime, though, he's a major face of the MCU, and he knows not everyone will appreciate that he's speaking up on politics. He had a (pretty amazing) Twitter feud with KKK leader David Duke, and he has remained very vocally anti-Trump.
The story added this note suggesting Evans's team has talked to him about this:
"Making political statements and engaging in such public exchanges is a rather risky thing for the star of Captain America to do. Yes, advisors have said as much to him."
Here's the actor's take on that:
"Look, I'm in a business where you've got to sell tickets. But, my God, I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror if I felt strongly about something and didn't speak up. I think it's about how you speak up. We're allowed to disagree. If I state my case and people don't want to go see my movies as a result, I'm okay with that. [...] Some people say, 'Don't you see what's happening? It's time to yell.' Yeah, I see it, and it's time for calm. Because not everyone who voted for Trump is going to be some horrible bigot. There are a lot of people in that middle; those are the people you can't lose your credibility with. If you're trying to change minds, by spewing too much rhetoric you can easily become white noise."
Read the full Esquire profile for a lot more.
"Gifted" opens April 7.
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