Chris Evans’ real-life all-round-great-guy public persona might be pretty close in spirit to that of Steve Rogers, the character he played for nearly a decade in Marvel’s Captain America and Avengers movies, but his more recent film roles have been a real change of pace for the actor.
In the Russo brothers’ new action thriller The Gray Man, coming to Netflix in July, Evans plays Lloyd, a “psychopathic” contract killer on the trail of protagonist Court Gentry (Ryan Reynolds).
“He’s a trainwreck of a human being,” Evans told Empire. “That guy can be anything in any scene, because all he wants is anarchy… This is a character I’ve never been able to play. He’s so liberated, and free, and honest. What I like about him is that you should almost fear his smile more than his scowl. I think he understands that what he does is bad and harmful, but I think he considers himself necessary. He thinks he’s a disrupter.”
It’s another entertainingly villainous turn from Evans following his crowd-pleasing performance as the “despicable” trust fund jerk Ransom Drysdale in Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out, where he sported the most talked-about sweater of the last decade.
The Gray Man marks another bold aesthetic choice: throughout the movie, Evans sports a ’70s-inspired moustache. It’s not quite sending the internet into Captain-America-has-a-beard levels of thirst, but its not without its admirers. And in a baffling (or genius) stroke of marketing, Netflix have made replicas of the facial hair—dubbed the “Trash Stache”—available to buy for $15 a pop.
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When the Russos (who directed Evans in the MCU blockbusters The Winter Soldier, Civil War, Infinity War and Endgame) caught wind of the promotional stunt, they had one question, which they shared with Twitter: “But does it smell like Chris Evans?”
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