Marvel’s “Captain America” says he feels an “unbelievable” amount of rage over the election of President Donald Trump.
Actor Chris Evans recently met with Esquire magazine to discuss the trajectory of his career, what he plans to do after wrapping up his final two films as Captain America, and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. He did not have kind words for Mr. Trump or chief White House strategist Steve Bannon.
“I feel rage,” Mr. Evans said, Esquire reported Wednesday. “I feel fury. It’s unbelievable. People were just so desperate to hear someone say that someone is to blame. They were just so happy to hear that someone was angry. Hear someone say that Washington sucks. They just want something new without actually understanding. I mean, guys like Steve Bannon — Steve Bannon! — this man has no place in politics.”
The actor, whose Marvel Studios films have grossed over $4 billion, said he can’t stop talking politics despite being advised that doing so risks alienating fans.
“Look, I’m in a business where you’ve got to sell tickets,” the actor said. “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 OK with that.”
The actor went on to say “not everyone” who voted for Mr. Trump “is going to be a 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,” he said.