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Chris Evans, Captain America, Says He’ll Risk Ticket Sales to Stay Politically Active

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Chris Evans is taking his role as Captain America seriously, and said in a new interview with Esquire that he’d rather let ticket sales slump as consequence of speaking his truth than stay quiet and get rich.

Evans, a vocal critic of the Trump administration (and a particular enemy of David Duke’s) said there’s no internal debate when it comes to exercising his right to free speech — he’s always going to say what’s on his mind.

“Look, I’m in a business where you’ve got to sell tickets,” he said. “But, my God, I would not be able to look at myself in the mirror if I felt strongly about something and didn’t speak up. I think it’s about how you speak up. We’re allowed to disagree. If I state my case and people don’t want to go see my movies as a result, I’m okay with that.”

Still, Evans noted he’s aiming to maintain a civil tone, and said the only way to mitigate the country’s political discord is to be respectful through any debate.

“Some people say, ‘Don’t you see what’s happening? It’s time to yell,’ ” he said. “Yeah, I see it, and it’s time for calm. Because not everyone who voted for Trump is going to be some horrible bigot. There are a lot of people in that middle; those are the people you can’t lose your credibility with. If you’re trying to change minds, by spewing too much rhetoric you can easily become white noise.”

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