- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Actor Chris Evans says he may have to do the equivalent of a Thanos “finger-snap” with fans and friends over “dumb s—” President Trump.

The man who will take on the godlike villain in April’s “Avengers: Endgame” as Captain America told The Hollywood Reporter that he has no choice but to alienate moviegoers over politics.

Mr. Evans says it’s unlikely he can do the “mental gymnastics” required to associate with those who support the president.

“You don’t want to alienate half your audience,” he told the entertainment magazine for an interview published Wednesday. “But I’d be disappointed in myself if I didn’t speak up. Especially for fear of some monetary repercussion or career damage — that just feels really gross to me.”

The actor’s comments come in the wake of similar rhetoric by Marvel Cinematic Universe colleague Samuel L. Jackson, who likened Mr. Trump to a plantation owner in late February.

Mr. Evans then turned his attention to New England Patriots legend Tom Brady and the possibility that he supports Mr. Trump.

“I don’t know,” he said when asked if he’d play the star quarterback on the big screen. “I really hope he’s not a Trump supporter. I’m just hoping he’s one of those guys that maybe supported him and now regrets it. Maybe he thought it was going to be different — and even that bothers me — but maybe there’s a chance now he just thinks Trump’s an absolute dumb s—, which he is. If he doesn’t, if he’s still on that Trump train, I might have to cut ties. It’s really tough.”

“I think maybe a couple of years ago,” he continues, “I might have tried to pull some, like, mental gymnastics to compartmentalize, but I don’t know if I can anymore. So I’m just hoping he’s woken up.”

“Avengers: Endgame” premieres April 26.


• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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