Chris Evans has always been a political force on Twitter. The actor has been openly critical of President Donald Trump and his cabinet, and once sparred with former Klu Klux Klan Imperial Wizard David Duke. In the liminal space between Hollywood action star and online activist, Evans’ political messaging has always been risky; lesser careers have been decimated by more innocuous opinions — and Evans knows that. In fact, he’s been advised to stop talking politics… but he’s not going to.
Evans recently spoke with Esquire magazine about his time playing the Avengers’ iconic leader Captain America. The interview quickly dipped into the actor’s political and personal ideology and how certain “advisers” have told him to keep a tighter lip if he wants to hold on to his job. Evans isn’t having any of that, though.
“Look, I’m in a business where you’ve got to sell tickets,” said Evans. “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.”
With the news that Evans may hang up his vibranium shield after he finishes shooting the two-part “Avengers: Infinity War,” the actor seems to be looking toward the future, when he’ll no longer have the backing of Marvel’s red, white and blue uniform to help get his message out. While Evans clearly has strong opinions about the current state of American politics, he’s also concerned with how he presents his case. Some have pressured him to be even more vocal, but for the actor the solution lies somewhere in the middle.
“Some people say, ‘Don’t you see what’s happening? It’s time to yell,’ ” said Evans. “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.”
Debuting in theaters on May 4, 2018, “Avengers: Infinity War” stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen and more.