CAP­TAIN CHRISEVANS

SUIT­ING UP AND SMELLING GOOD – WE CHAT TO THE CAP­TAIN AMER­ICA AC­TOR AND FACE OF GUCCI’S ‘GUILTY EAU’.

GQ (Australia) - - GROOMING -

Whether fair or not, peo­ple tend to write off Chris Evans. Blame it on his pro­to­typ­i­cal high-school jock at­tributes: that one-two punch of sharp cheek­bone and blue eyes. Blame it on his name, or even on the dis­so­nance be­tween those proto-jock at­tributes and the ac­tor’s in­ter­est in Bud­dhism. Things look easy for this guy. And seem­ingly, they are – when GQ catches up with Cap­tain Amer­ica, on a balmy af­ter­noon in Shang­hai, he charms ques­tions away into the hand­some-guy-ether. First gain­ing recog­ni­tion in the ac­tu­ally-not-aw­ful satire, Not An­other Teen Movie, the 34-year-old’s since gone through heart­throb fnish­ing school: as a se­cond-billed su­per­hero in Fan­tas­tic Four, then as the fran­chise-helm­ing, afore­men­tioned front­man. An­other les­son in heart­throb fnish­ing school? That’d be a con­tract with Gucci – specif­cally, as a face of the la­bel’s ‘Guilty Eau’ fra­grance. Now, a man of Photoshop-im­mac­u­late ap­pear­ance must have some level of groom­ing wis­dom. Wis­dom gained via os­mo­sis, or what­ever you call that pas­sive education gained when a chunk of adult life is spent be­tween make-up chair, close-up and live cross. “Nah, my morn­ing regime is reaaal­l­lly quick,” shrugs Evans. “You’ve gotta have deodor­ant, there’s no ex­cuse for some­one walk­ing around stinkin’.” Hold the front page. Still, it’s de­liv­ered half-earnestly. “The best way to ap­ply fra­grance? It’s gotta be the walk-through.” As much as we en­quire about groom­ing one­self to hand­some­ness, Evans pares back his rou­tine. “15 min­utes, tops… and that in­cludes a shower.” As for his sar­to­rial style? “I’m a pretty sim­ple guy. T-shirt and jeans.” What kind of jeans? “Jeans. I dunno, is there more than one kind?” Evans is never any­thing other than po­lite – quick with the “Hmm, that’s a great ques­tion” schtick – with the Bud­dhist in him of­ten com­ing through. And be­yond the ef­fort­less ve­neer sits an ea­ger stu­dent of flm – more en­thu­si­ast than con­nois­seur, but it’s study none­the­less. He likes Wes An­der­son. He likes Cameron Crowe. He loves Marc Webb – (500) Days of Sum­mer one of the bet­ter flms he’s seen. The pic­ture that’s painted is de­spite any kind of ac­tion-pro­tag­o­nist-pi­geon­hol­ing, Evans en­gages with heart­felt projects. “Top Gun and Days of Thun­der, The Colour of Money – those flms were my youth. Tom Cruise is the epit­ome of a movie star. And he keeps do­ing it, and he keeps do­ing it well.” Cruise? He’s been writ­ten off by peo­ple too. “The guy has an un­be­liev­able work ethic, doesn’t he?” queries Evans. In all of this, where does he see him­self in fve, 10 years? Is he fear­ful of be­ing wedged into the su­per­hero skins a tad too long? “I dunno,” he says, paus­ing. “It sounds a lit­tle clichéd but I try not to think too far ahead. If you think too far ahead, you might miss what’s go­ing on right now. I’m re­ally happy with where I am at the mo­ment.” He’s right, it does sound like a cliché. Like a Cameron Crowe movie, even. But when such tru­isms spill from Evans’ mouth, you’re in­clined to as­sess them thought­fully. “In 10 years I might think, ‘Shit, I prob­a­bly should’ve planned ahead a lit­tle bet­ter.’ But for now, I’m just try­ing to be where I am, and just be present.” There it is – Cap­tain Zen.

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