Chris Evans on How Characters Mirror the Audience

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Actor Chris Evans

“Even though you’re on a giant movie with a huge budget and strange costumes, you’re still on a hunt for the truth of the character…” – Chris Evans

Most moviegoers obviously see Chris Evans as Steve Rogers, Marvel’s Captain America, and with good reason — Evans has appeared as Captain America in seven movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and counting.  While that role is very close to his heart, the fame he has gained from playing Cap has also allowed Evans to pursue more personal roles.

One of those roles is starring in 2017’s Gifted, in which he plays an uncle to a genius seven year-old named Frank Adler. In an interview with Esquire, Evans speaks about what he learned from Julianne Moore about what the audience seeks in movie characters, and why audience members could identify with his Gifted character more easily than Captain America.

Evans says, “With Steve Rogers, even though you’re on a giant movie with a huge budget and strange costumes, you’re still on a hunt for the truth of the character… With Adler, it’s nice to play someone relatable. I think Julianne Moore said, ‘The audience doesn’t come to see you; they come to see themselves.’ Adler is someone you can hold up as a mirror for someone in the audience. They’ll be able to far more easily identify with Frank Adler than Steve Rogers.”

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...)For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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