Is Chris Evans the Most Down to Earth Avenger?
Many people have called Chris Evans one of the nicest guys in Hollywood. Even after playing two different superheroes in two different franchises, the actor hasn’t shown signs of letting his success go to his head.
Really, the most guff Evans seems to take is from people who disagree with his political viewpoint that he often expresses on Twitter. Even there, he has tried to play the diplomat. He endures some slings and arrows from the tabloids on occasion, but very few people can seem to find a bad word to say about him.
Now comes word that Chris Evans recently attended his high school reunion, and that served as further proof of just how self-effacing he is.
Hi, my name is Chris
While filming the new Apple+ TV series Defending Jacob around the Boston area earlier this month, Evans took time off from his extremely busy schedule to reunite with his classmates from Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School.
The reunion was at Conrad’s Restaurant, where manager Donna Scott talked to the Boston Globe about how Evans charmed everyone in his low-key way.
“Many people wanted to take pictures with him,” Scott said. “Everyone was pretty excited that he was there.”
Some photos of the event appeared around the Internet. Even though Evans is one of the most recognizable people on the planet, he played the reunion game as if he were just one of the fellas.
“Chris Evans attending his 20-year high school reunion and writing ‘Chris’ on his little name tag the same weekend Endgame becomes the 2nd highest grossing movie of all time feels like the Chris Evansiest thing to ever Chris Evans,” one Twitter user wrote.
Other evidence that Evans rolls with it
Evans has become so identified with Captain America that many people observed he’s trying to be some version of Captain America in real life. People sometimes forget that Cap wasn’t the first time he had played a superhero. He had been the Human Torch in two Fantastic Four movies. And for that very reason, he at first turned down Captain America before Robert Downey Jr. convinced him to hop on the Marvel train.
“At the root of it, he has true humility,” Robert Downey Jr., said of Evans in the Hollywood Reporter. “I think it’s the reason he was able to kind of come to the front and be our team leader in the Avengers. I think a lot of his theater experience helped, too. Because it was like, ‘OK, I’m going to dress up, I’m going to go out, and I’m going to tell the truth.'”
Evans endured some difficulty when his romance with actress Jenny Slate didn’t pan out, but the two have only said kind things about each other since their split
“He has beautiful, big, strong emotions, and he’s really sure of them. It’s just wonderful to be around. His heart is probably golden-colored, if you could paint it,” Slate said of Evans in Vulture.
Evans finds there is life after Marvel
Like his colleague Downey Jr., Evans has had to field questions about whether he’s retiring from acting or just from superheroes. Just from superheroes, it turns out, although there is a chance that he could pop up as Captain America on Disney+ on the Loki-centered series.
I never said the word ‘retire,'” he said. “It’s a really obnoxious notion for an actor to say they’re going to retire — it’s not something you retire from.”
Besides Defending Jacob, Evans has a pretty full movie and TV dance card. He’ll next be seen in Knives Out, about a detective who investigates the death of a patriarch of a combative family. His co-stars include Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) and Daniel Craig. The writer-director is Rian Johnson (The Last Jedi).