Captain America Chris Evans has evolved into a politically active voice on Twitter, often expressing strong views critical of now President Trump. For example, after the election Evans called it “an embarrassing night for America. We’ve let a hatemonger lead our great nation…a bully set our course. I’m devastated.”
But one person Evans is not going to argue with over Trump is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Trump pal Brady keeps his political opinions guarded, but was spotted with a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker during the campaign, and Trump boasted of getting Brady’s vote.
He and Brady might have what Evans calls “political disagreements.” But that’s OK, says Evans, who spoke to USA TODAY about his comedy-drama Gifted , which opened in theaters this weekend.
“Well, I tell you what. If anyone gets a pass it’s Tom Brady,” says Evans.
If any reminder of the Boston-born Evans’ love for this hometown quarterback is needed, just check out the viral footage of Captain America jumping for joy over the Brady-led miracle Super Bowl win in February. Evans was definitely not thinking about politics at that moment.
Besides, Evans also makes clear we should all be more tolerant of people with different opinions.
““We may have political disagreements. But I don’t want to encourage this landscape of if you disagree with me politically, you’re my enemy; That’s not the case,” says Evans. “Granted, it’s an easy thing to say as a privileged white male. Because there are plenty of people oppressed and victimized and in jeopardy at this stage. It’s easy for me to say, ‘Hey, we can all get along.’”
It’s especially easy to get along if someone like Brady keeps bringing Super Bowl victories to New England fans, like Evans.
“I’m just going out of my way to give Tom Brady a pass. He gave me five rings. What am I supposed to do? He gets a pass,” says Evans.
The Captain America star will continue to keep his voice on Twitter, despite push-back for his opinions.
“I’m a citizen first, actor second. I know a lot times actors get grief for having their opinions shared, and people label you as ‘out of touch,’” says Evans. “That’s fine if you feel that way, But also it doesn’t negate what I think and feel. And I have a right to share it. More than anything else I’m a citizen of America. And I have my thoughts and opinions.”