‘Knives Out’: Chris Evans Admits After Captain America, Playing a Jerk Is ‘Fun’
Evans got comfortable in the superhero suit over time. But now the Marvel alum is thrilled to swap out Captain America’s nice, white-bread image for a much more jerk-ish one. Evans’ upcoming movie is called Knives Out, a murder mystery in which Evans plays one of the suspects. Rian Johnson, the filmmaker behind The Last Jedi, directed, while the film also stars Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Toni Collette.
Chris Evans’ ‘Knives Out’ character has a high net worth and weak morals
In October, Entertainment Weekly sat down with Evans to discuss his role in Johnson’s Knives Out. Evans plays a “spoiled playboy” named Ransom Drysdale in the film. His character’s “terrier-kicking, fisherman’s-sweater-wearing evilness” is what drew Evans to the project.
“I’m usually tasked with playing guys who are a little more noble, and this guy is a little bit more vile,” Evans said. “It’s fun.”
The actor, 38, went on to say that he drew inspiration from people he knows in real life.
“I’d be lying if I said I didn’t know people who are just like [Drysdale],” he said. “He’s born into privilege and he’s also equipped with a victim’s mentality, and I think that combination is very dangerous.”
The Captain America star said Drysdale’s problematic personality is all too common in this day and age.
“You don’t have to look far to find people who operate in this constant victimized, indignant state of recreational outrage where everything is never their fault,” he said. “It just opens the door to a lot of s—ty behavior.”
Chris Evans shared his acting inspiration for the new movie
Evans also found his character in the physical embodiment of Drysdale.
“There’s a certain physicality of a person who is soaked in confidence, truly marinated in that kind of entitlement,” he said.
He described his approach to the character in detail to Entertainment Weekly:
It involves minimal eye contact, a constant state of recline, whether they’re sitting or standing…an unapologetic physicality [where] they make the space their own. They’re gonna put their f*cking feet up, they’re gonna own their oxygen in a way that is not just confidence, it’s an active indifference to the people around them. Which is a real weaponized trait.
From ‘Captain America’ capes to ‘Knives Out’ fisherman sweaters
It also sounds like Evans has been itching to switch it up from superhero suits.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve done a movie where I got to wear nice clothes!” he said.
He told Entertainment Weekly that what he usually wears in movies is “boring.” And he remarked at the ability of his appearance in Knives Out to help get him into character.
“The clothing, the hair, all of it helps tons,” Evans said.
Knives Out comes out in theaters Nov. 27, 2019.