CHRIS EVANS HAS played Captain America. He's led romantic comedies opposite Anna Faris and Ana de Armas. He's portrayed villains in blockbuster productions (The Gray Man, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), embodied post-apocalyptic revolutionary leaders (Snowpiercer), and has proven time and time again that he can really be quite funny (Not Another Teen Movie). Chris Evans has done and can do a lot of things—but in a new GQ interview, he revealed that there's one movie star doing things that he wants to be more like, and probably not for the reasons that you would typically imagine.
"I like autonomous things. I’d like to just smoke a joint, put on some music, and like, get into pottery," he told GQ in a new cover story. "You know what I mean? Seth Rogen, what he’s doing. It’s good for you, man."
Evans going full Jeff Bridges Dude isn't quite as random as it might seem. While Evans is ostensibly being featured in GQ to promote his role in the new Netflix film Pain Hustlers, he spends much of the story being meditative, pondering with writer Zach Baron over the state of the world and his own place in it.
The story—which takes place decidedly away from Hollywood, in both Evans's home in Massachusetts and New York City—features Evans discussing his life after Marvel (he doesn't rule out a return, though he says "no time soon"), as well as discussing his frustrations with doing in-depth interviews ("I don’t know if I always fit easily into a box") and other deep digressive thoughts.
He filmed three movies back-to-back-to-back in 2022—Pain Hustlers, the action romcom Ghosted, and the upcoming Christmas film Red One—and says he hasn't worked at all in 2023. And based on the comments he makes throughout the piece, it kind of sounds like that's the way he likes it.
His tangent about getting high and doing pottery continued.
"You just go to your workshop and make something. And how satisfying, how simple, how quotidian," he says. "I love acting, but you can’t act alone. I chose a profession that requires not just a lot of different artists, but it requires an audience."
In a nutshell, he's right. The piece notes that Evans envies his dog, Dodger ("What he’s not thinking about is yesterday. What he’s not worried about is tomorrow. He’s actively engaging in the moment in this really, really clean way."), and that he deactivated his Instagram account at some point over this past summer. And it seems like he's realising that it can be incredibly rewarding to find something that someone can just do by themselves. For him, that might be pottery. For someone else, it might be reading a book, or running a mile.
All of which is behaviour that... we fully endorse. In the age of Instagram and TikTok, we're constantly deluding our attention spans down to be weaker and weaker, opting for the quick dopamine hits of second-long entertainment or likes. If we're able to unlpug from that even a little bit—whether we're smoking a joint, doing pottery, and making something or just walking around outside without any larger distraction, it's ultimately going to fell like a net win, and be good mentally to at least ever-so-briefly clear everything going on upstairs.
And that's something that we can all work on together, whether you once played Captain America or not.
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