An actor's job is to develop a fantasy to captivate us, to create a fictional relationship with us. However, despite how much you like a character they portray - especially if it's a good role model - it's not wise to expect that actor to be the same in real life as they are on screen. In most cases, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
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Take #CaptainAmerica, for example. He's been the embodiment of righteousness and everything that's good in the world for more than 70 years—er, well...until recently, that is. As you can imagine, not everyone can realistically convey that innate nobility on screen but Chris Evans has done a remarkable job. Turns out it's because the character has been influencing the man he is all along.
Playing Captain America Has Changed Who He Is
Throughout the six years he's wielded the iconic shield, we've seen him noticeably take on various characteristics of the character. During the press tour for #CaptainAmericaCivilWar, he talked about what the character meant to him to People:
"You see how people are so touched by someone who is selfless [...] by someone who just wants to do the right thing. With no praise, no agenda, no ego involved. It really is inspiring to leave and kind of say 'that really does have an impact' [...] It's in all of our nature to be good. It is, I believe that. And it's nice to have these interviews and do these press tours where people say the parts of Cap they respond to, or his intrinsic quality of morality and values. It makes you go home at night and really aspire to look at yourself, and try and be the best person you can be, because that's what has the most positive ripple effect in this world."
Then there was this tweet from early February, in which, in true Cap fashion, he encourages people to not stay silent for fear of repercussions...
Going by the pieces above, it's clear Evans is aspiring to live up to the Captain America mantle. That tweet up there sounds an awful lot like something Cap would agree with.
That makes me wonder... is he actually becoming a real-life Steve Rogers? Judging by all he's done, it sure looks like it.
He Really Loves Helping Others
Something very special about Captain America is his understanding that the world's problems don't get resolved with just a square punch to an evil guy's jaw. He knows there are people suffering from hunger or sickness and need moral support; fortunately, #ChrisEvans perfectly understands that and does what he can to help out.
In 2015, Chris Pratt and Chris Evans made a friendly wager in honor of the Super Bowl: If the Seahawks lost, Evans would visit Christopher's Haven, a charity that helps families with child cancer patients. And if the New England Patriots won, Pratt would have to pay the visit dressed as Star-Lord. Well, the Seahwaks lost and Pratt tweeted this:
But Evans - proving why he's the perfect on-screen Captain America - tweeted this to his friend:
What did that mean? Well, the actor showed up at Seattle Children's hospital with Chris Pratt, only this time he was dressed as everyone's favorite super-powered patriot:
That touching gesture is only a taste of his already impressive involvement with charities and causes, which includes one for veterans/members support.
He's A Public Supporter Of LGBTQ Rights
However, if that's not enough to prove to you just how much he wishes to help people, don't worry, there's more. Donald Trump's administration recently rescinded transgender rights to use the bathroom they identify with. It was a hard hit for a lot of people, and celebrities rallied behind the LGBTQ community; among them was Evans, who tweeted this heartwarming message:
I think that tweet speaks for itself.
For the record, Evans has a brother who is gay, and he's credited his brother with really helping him understand the LGBTQ community and the struggle they go through. In a 2012 interview with Playboy, he showed that he was as forward-thinking as his comic book counterpart when he said this:
“Are you kidding me? It’s insane that civil rights are being denied people in this day and age. It’s embarrassing, and it’s heartbreaking. It goes without saying that I’m completely in support of gay marriage. In 10 years we’ll be ashamed that this was an issue.”
He Fought A Nazi... Literally
World War II and the Nazis' chokehold on the world ended more than 70 years ago. Yet, surprisingly, there are still a lot of these nut jobs running around spreading the hate and violence that turned the '40s into such a dark era for the world. Fortunately, we have Chris Evans willing to fight the good fight. Last month, the actor had a very public feud with David Duke, a notorious white supremacist, Holocaust denier, and former Imperial Wizard of the KKK after Duke tweeted this:
A tweet Chris fired back at:
Duke insulted him by calling him a "typical dumb actor". Which prompted this awesome response from him:
That might have seemed like the end of the scuffle, but just like those persistent Hydra jerks, Duke returned:
Now, his following tweet is simply too disgusting, as Duke stated Evans did not support women of his race (whatever the hell that means). But Evans stepped up the task and took care of the problem once again:
Man, what else can I say, other than he faced a white supremacist and came out on top in the most awesome way possible? All the while believing there was still good in Duke... Steve Rogers much?
Just like Evans, in that panel, Cap doesn't try to solve the situation by fighting Nuke with his fists. Instead, he advocates for peace.
His Respect For The Military
The idea of Captain America, and #SteveRogers himself were born out of the military. He was a wish-fulfillment in trying times, so their ideals, their honor and bravery contributed to his creation and background. Therefore, it's no surprise Evans also has a deep love for the military.
His ties to to it go all the way back to the Civil War. That's right, Ancestry.com discovered in May of last year that Evans had two relatives who fought in said war, on opposing sides. Daniel Cryer was his fourth great-grandfather, and was part of the Confederacy. He died at age 37 during the battle of Moscow. And John Garvey, his third great-grandfather, fought for the Union Army.
Aside that incredibly ironic connection, Evans himself has shown his respect for soldiers numerous times. Back in December, he posted a picture praising troops from Afghanistan, Turkey and Qatar...
Last year, the actor participated in the 22 pushup challenge, which was meant to raise awareness for veteran suicide prevention. Check out the video:
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To summarize it, this man loves helping people, isn't afraid to fight a white supremacist maniac, professes unity among the world and has a deep respect for the military... So yes, he is becoming a real-life Captain America. And the thing is, he's showing us we can all be heroes in our own way without having to wear a cool helmet or a physics-defying shield.
I have to say, it's very surprising how a role like that can change you. Yes, no doubt Chris was a great man before he wielded the iconic shield, but his time playing Steve Rogers has certainly shaped him further.
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