Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Stars I Love: Chris Evans

If Ryan Gosling is the king of Canadian Charm, there's truly only one option for the All-American Human Unicorn. And that is Chris Evans. Not only has he played Captain America with nothing short of absolute charisma and charm. But underneath the blue eyes and oggle-worthy muscles we worship on-screen, he's compassionate, light-hearted, and sensitive. So, settle into your Captain America suit, because in celebration of his birthday, we're digging into the Superhero Who Walks Among Us Chris Evans.


Everyone knows Evans by his biggest portrayal so far as Captain America. But for playing such an iconic character and being known easily as a Hollywood hunk, his background is deeply rooted in Boston pride and growing up in the theatre. His family, especially his siblings, performed in school so much that their enthusiasm rubbed off on him to try it out. He soon played almost every role one could think of from dramas to musicals.

When he made his way to Hollywood in his early twenties, Evans started - as he says - earning his stripes on-screen. In 2001, he starred as The Popular Jock in Not Another Teen Movie, a parody of teen comedies. Where other actors might've starred in embarrassing commercials, this part required him to dip himself in whip cream, cherries, an put a banana in his butt. YEP. Oh to stroll down memory lane.

It wasn't long before he landed his first big hit as the ladies man Johnny Storm / Human Torch in Fantastic Four.  Immediately, Evans is insatiably likable as the funny, bro sidekick to the rest of the team, and it's interesting how Marvel creator Stan Lee thought he'd perfect for Captain America - who has the complete opposite personality.

But even taking on a major blockbuster didn't stop him from going back to smaller movies. His filmography manages to hit a variety of genres, but there isn't an overall theme; he's starred in the sci-fi Sunshine, indie Scott Pilgrim vs the World, and dramas Street Kings to an adaptation of Tennessee William's The Loss of A Tear Drop Diamond. Some romantic comedies like The Nanny Diaries and What's Your Number took more advantage of his good looks as he played the hot guy next door - where he's basically just nakednakednaked - not that anyone can complain too much about that. Mainly, he chooses what he finds interesting to work on (and what he would fit into his MCU schedule). You can tell that he's having fun and just doing what makes him feel creative.


It'd only be several years after Johnny Storm that he a bigger superhero role would come his way: Captain America. Even though he's become synonymous with Marvel, and is known as on-screen stud with a heart of gold, many might not know he suffers from anxiety. When he was originally approached to play Rogers, Evans turned it down several times and saw a therapist to discuss his fears. Having been cast in smaller roles up to that point, he recognized that signing onto several movies for one character was intimidating and knew that he knew life as he knew it would change.
“I said ‘no’ a few times, but I was saying ‘no’ out of fear. You can’t do anything out of fear… So it ended up kinda clicking to me in the way looking at this. Whatever you’re scared of, push yourself into it.”
Like most of the actors cast into the Marvel movies, Evans coincidentally ended up fitting Steve Rogers like a glove - he's conscientious of his actions, has a strong moral compass, and tries to do good by the world and people around him. Despite his reservations to sign onto the series, as one of the few main superhero characters, Evans managed to do much more than act through a mask and body suits, and pull off complicated stunts, to bring humility to an iconic role that makes him so damn easy to love.

Right away, just by the looks of Evans, we can see he's mighty fine. But honestly, his personality is refreshing off-screen as much as he is on-screen. It's honestly my favorite part as a fan of his.

Throughout his career, he's been open about his struggles with anxiety, especially at public events like premieres and red carpets; his quest for stillness is something he's explored since he was a kid. In the video of above, he answers questions from one of his good friends and lifestyle coach Lindsey McKeon about what his mindset is like with anxiety and how he finds peace. As someone who suffers from anxiety, it's refreshing when anyone talks about how they doubt themselves or their environment instead of playing it off as if it's nothing.

Read any one of these quotes and it's easy to see why fans swoon over his vulnerability, consideration towards others, and child-like personality. He's not afraid to have fun and also learn from important movements like MeToo, speak out against Donald Trump/his attackers, support the LGBTQ community, and treat animals as equals. The only problematic situation (that's managed to go public) was laughing along with Jeremy Renner when they made fun of Black Widow's love interests (which Evans apologized for). That's quite a record for such a big Hollywood star. Like Gosling and other popular male stars, they've forged a space for men to not be so toxic in and out of Hollywood; they're not afraid of the "bro-meter" and let people see them in their dorky animal-rights-LGBTQ-feminist-supporting glory.


More Reasons Why I Love Chris Evans

BECAUSE I CAN DO THIS ALL DAY


His Captain America physique is basically a bag of DoritoesAnd it all started with tumblr and things got pretty dirty.

The 22 PUSH-UP CHALLENGE. #helpmelawd

+ Just like you can't imagine Tony Stark without Robert Downey Jr, Evans embodies Captain America's beliefs. He's participated in USO Tours and visited the troops with Scarlett Johansson, and uses his twitter to stand-up to bullies like David Duke.

Infinity War gave us this.

+ He escorted Betty White onto the stage at the People's Choice Awards.

+ He has own calling card of gestures like left boob grabs, Nailed It, talking with his hands.

+ These questions to spending Valentine's Day. I HATE YOU I LOVE YOU SO MUCH.

+ Every look of his should be your favorite look but this one....

+ He aided Peggy in taking on Coulson in a lip sync battle.

+ His clavicle tattoo (inspired by an Eckhart Tolle quote) peeks through at all the right moments.

+ He's the unofficial spokesperson for Legends of the Fall.

+ He's a HUGE Disney nerd, so much so that he loves to go the theme parks and originally wanted to work as an animator when he was a kid. I mean, come on. He's artistic too.

When he bring awareness to a charityhe prefers a more formal setting.

+ He suppresses inappropriate jokes to keep his interviews PG. Disney would probably also taser him since he was already promoting Marvel's movies. He did manage to get away with it one or two times though.

+ He wore a Mickey Mouse watch to an event.

+ He loves playing games like beer pong (COME ON CHRIS) and Family Feud (OUTRAGEOUS). Also I still don't know why or how he invented this.

+ He joined Tom Hardy in narrating bedtime stories for children. Evans shares Even Superheroes Has Bad Days and holds a teddy bear BECAUSE OF COURSE.

+ Speaking of which, he loves Boston. Just look at the adorableness of him being so thoughtful and considerate about visiting a local museum. And that accent coming out when he's talking about his home city.

+ AND HE LOVES KIDS. Look at him meeting Mini-Thor. Not only does Chris spends a lot of time visiting children hospitals and sending personal messages to kids, but he treats his co-stars like McKenna Grace from Gifted with so consideration and joy, it'll make your heart melt.

+ He's extremely close with his family, always talking about them in interviews and how much time he spends with them outside of filming. At one point, the guy started sounding like his nephew. When he plays games on talk shows, it's usually with his brother testing how well they know each other or nailing  flip cup. On the red carpet, he's brought his family and best friend to the Oscars. And how many guys talk about losing their virginity to their mom and have no shame about it either? How rare is it that a guy will admit something like that.

His love of the Patriots almost knows no bounds.

+ Evans scared the crap out of the internet by tweeting one day he missed his dog. He had to come back and clarify that Dodger was okay and then began a countdown of being reunited with him. The saga of Evans and his pup continued as he's shared a video of seeing him for the first time at a homeless shelter, Dodger singing to his toys, and so much more like talking about how his dog's energy inspires him. In the past he's even said he doesn't own his pets, they're just buddies. We don't deserve him.

5 Favorite Movies (Though I Could've Picked More
But We'd Be Here All Day)

Before We Go

If you're a delusional fangirl like me, I'm not going to lie - this is the perfect date night movie (you can have with Evans in your imagination). Making his directorial debut, the handsome meatball stars as Nick, one of the nicest guys on the planet who helps a woman try to get home from NYC to Boston in order to save her marriage. It's not only lovely to see him get his feet wet behind the camera and direct for the first time, but he's just so charming.

What's Your Number

As much as I love Chris in romantic comedies, I'm happy he didn't get roped into only doing this genre. But What's Your Number is a good example of how a character like this could've been more chauvinistic if someone else played him. Ally (Anna Faris) questions how many men she's slept with when she comes across an article that suggests hitting a certain number will ruin women's chances of getting married. (IDK who writes this stuff). Meanwhile her hot neighbor Colin (Evans) sleeps around all he wants and tries to encourage her that this quest of finding out her number is silly. Evans is basically a slab of meat with eyes, but he's also terribly funny and charming. (And I also think this is a performance where his anxiety of being an object is sadly quite obvious.)

Puncture

Based on a true story about Mike Weiss, an underdog Houston lawyer and a drug addict who takes on a case of a nurse who is pricked by a contaminated needle. Despite himself and his law partner Paul Danziger having a small-time practice, they take on the healthcare and pharmaceutical companies who want to stop the possible manufacturing of safe needles. Not only will Puncture make you change the way you probably see going to the hospital, it's the most political-centric film he's done so far.

Snowpiercer

Outside of playing Captain America, a lot of movies didn't come around that floated Evan's creative fire. But it's refreshing that Snowpiercer came his way. Based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob, Benjamin Legrand and Jean-Marc Rochette, a class system divides the last of a survivors on a moving train after the world hits an ice age. Curtis (Evans) and his fellow survivors, known as scum, at the back of the train plan to overthrow the upper class and the train's operator, but face deadly consequences along the way. Snowpiercer i Chris's break-out role from Marvel, letting him challenge his acting chops and go for something a little darker. It's one of the most visceral apocalypse movies ever and unlike anything else in his filmography.

Captain America

The Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn't be what it is today if the studios didn't take a chance on Robert Downey Jr to play Iron Man. For that, we also wouldn't have Evans as Captain America because Downey pretty much talked him into it. I probably don't need to go into this considering my love of Captain America already, but Chris is the perfect Steve Rogers; he carried his values of patriotism and service with grace and charm without making him boring, and managed to play Steve with a sense of trying to find his way despite everything. He's perfect.

*As always, this post will self-destruct when I marry him. THIS NEVER HAPPENED. I GOTTA BE CHILL.*

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