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