Captain America: Unlikely Political Commentator and Trump Critic

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By Rebecca Sullivan | 9:50 am, November 17, 2016

He spends most of his time on the red carpet and in front of a green screen, but Hollywood heart-throb Chris Evans is earning himself a new reputation as a casual political commentator.

The 35-year-old, who plays Captain America in Marvel’s Avengers films, has been vocal on social media about his dislike of US President-elect Donald Trump, tweeting his anger at last week’s shock election result.

Evans is currently in Australia as an ambassador for whisky brand Chivas and attended the GQ Men of the Year Awards in Sydney on Wednesday night.

He told Trump is a “chameleon” and a “good salesman”, who managed to tap into the frustrations felt by millions of Americans.

“Trump knows how to look at a situation and understand what is needed,” Evans said.

“He’s kind of a chameleon and a good salesman, in that sense. He looked at America and saw a lot of people who felt ignored and forgotten and he tapped into that feeling. Unfortunately that feeling was galvanized by fear and hate.

“It’s tough, because everyone is entitled to their opinions and everyone is entitled to their beliefs … but if the opinions and feelings are rooted in denying certain people basic human rights, I’ve got a problem with that.”

Evans said the President-elect’s campaign was fueled by “hate-mongering”.

“Typically [election campaigns] are about policy – Democrat vs Republican – and that’s fine. If it’s about policy, I have no problem with that,” he said.

“But I feel that the Trump campaign was ran on divisiveness and I think there was a little bit of fear-mongering and hate-mongering. If anything else we should know that this is a clear signal that a lot of people feel left behind by the government.

“There are a lot of people that feel unheard and unacknowledged and the Trump campaign certainly tapped into that feeling. But in order to do so there were so many divisive tools used that I think encouraged hate and that’s disappointing.”

Evans will begin filming the third and fourth installments of Avengers franchise in May next year.

Despite other films in the superhero genre receiving poor reviews, like Ben Affleck’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the much-hyped Suicide Squad, Evans says he doesn’t expect audiences to grow tired of these movies anytime soon.

“Look at Doctor Strange [the latest Marvel film, starring Benedict Cumberbatch]. It’s not only destroying at the box office, but it’s getting phenomenal reviews.

“In my opinion, good movies are good movies. Just because [superhero movies] tap into existing material to ground their films, doesn’t mean that they’re old or stale. As long as Marvel can keep making good films, I don’t think the superhero genre is going to die,” he said.

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