"I think the appetite’s there, if it’s done properly," he told GQ while reflecting on the Apple TV+ action-romance film
With a 26 percent critics score and a 55 percent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes, the film is not one of Evans’ most critically acclaimed or well-received movies, which made him wonder if people have “outgrown those types of films,” he told GQ in a new interview conducted before Hollywood actors went on strike.
The Apple TV+ movie, released in April, tells the story of Cole (Evans), who follows Sadie (Ana de Armas) to London when she ghosts him after their date only to discover that she is a C.I.A. agent — and the pair embark on a dangerous adventure together.
“Ghosted, to me, felt like a movie that I grew up on, a movie that maybe we don’t see very much anymore,” Evans, 42, told GQ. “And the question is whether or not audiences have outgrown those types of films.”
When asked whether this question cropped up when he signed onto the project or when it was released, the Knives Out star said, “Both.”
“I didn’t think audiences had outgrown it prior, and I still don’t think they have, despite the fact, I mean, technically I think we did okay ... in terms of viewership,” he said.
He went on to say that while “critics didn’t like” the film, “that’s more the fault of the movie as opposed to the appetite of the audience.”
“I think the appetite’s there, if it’s done properly,” he told the magazine, adding: “We could have been better.”
Despite Ghosted’s lackluster response, Evans has high hopes for his upcoming projects Pain Hustlers, starring him and Emily Blunt as pharmaceutical sales employees pushing opioids, and Red One, a holiday action-comedy starring Dwayne Johnson.
“It was a role that I was excited to play because it was a real character,” he told GQ of Pain Hustlers.
As for Red One? Evans has “just been looking for a Christmas movie my whole career.”
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Evans’ Ghosted costar and on-screen love interest de Armas, 35 — who first shared the screen with the actor in 2019's Knives Out — joked that the Apple TV+ film was the first time they got to "like each other" on-screen.
"It was nice, with this movie we finally got to interact in a more playful, banter-y sort of way," Evans told PEOPLE in April. "In Knives Out, we're obviously adversarial. The second film, Gray Man, we didn't have anything together.”
“So this was fun to actually get to have some repartee and explore that type of movie,” he added.
The Blonde star said that it was particularly interesting to play an action star alongside Evans, who is best known for his role as Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"I thought it was very refreshing and new and unexpected for people to see Chris in this position of not being the one in control and strong and saving the day," de Armas said. "For me, it was a lot of fun — a lot of work and a lot to do, but it was really cool."
Evans echoed his costar, saying, "That's what I liked about the movie. It's so fun to be the eyes of the audience and react how they would — or at least how I assume most of the audience would, certainly how I would — to panic and be relatively incapable.”
“The more human you respond, the funnier it is,” he added.
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