Actor Chris Evans, best known for his turn as “Captain America,” has some major pent-up anger toward President Donald Trump.
“I feel rage,” Evans told Esquire magazine in an interview published Wednesday. “I feel fury. It’s unbelievable.”
Going against the guidance of his advisers, the Hollywood star has chosen to make known his anger toward the president. Evans said Trump’s popularity arose from voters looking for someone to blame for the problems in Washington, D.C.
“People were just so desperate to hear someone say that someone is to blame,” he said. “They were just so happy to hear that someone was angry, hear someone say that Washington sucks.
“They just want something new without actually understanding,” he continued. “I mean, guys like [Trump’s chief strategist] Steve Bannon — Steve Bannon! — this man has no place in politics.”
During the 2016 election, Evans supported then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and he’s continuing to pick sides today.
“Look, I'm in a business where you've got to sell tickets,” the actor said. “But, my God, I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror if I felt strongly about something and didn't speak up. I think it's about how you speak up. We're allowed to disagree. If I state my case and people don't want to go see my movies as a result, I'm OK with that.”
Evans made headlines in early February when he got trapped in a Twitter back-and-forth conversation with former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. The "Captain America" star tweeted that if Duke “thinks you’re right, then you’re unequivocally wrong.”
He was making the comment in response to former Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) being tapped to be attorney general, which Duke supported. “Typical dumb actor — if everything I say is wrong, then when I say I oppose these Zionists wars, you must be for them, Captain America!?” Duke replied.
While Evans’ activism has certainly earned him some praise from those on the left, others have taken issue with it, including the daughter of “Captain America” co-creator Joe Simon.
In January, Melissa Groben told The Hollywood Reporter that, though she is a big fan of Evans, calling him a real-life “Captain America” just isn’t true.
“Mr. Evans is not representing his views as Captain America, he is representing his views as an individual,” she said. “He has been in many other roles and is a fantastic actor. He really did a great job as Captain America, but we have to separate fiction from reality.”
“He is not speaking as Captain America. He is speaking as Chris Evans,” she continued. “And that's the way it should be. His viewpoints are his own.”
To be fair, Evans did offer Trump voters one concession.
“Not everyone who voted for Trump is going to be some horrible bigot,” he said.
“There are a lot of people in that middle; those are the people you can’t lose your credibility with,” he told Esquire. “If you’re trying to change minds, by spewing too much rhetoric you can easily become white noise.”