Some actors take a role and shed it at the end of the day. Others seem to embody the character throughout filming, creating a myth the swirls around these “character actors.”

Chris Evans

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Chris Evans has played a lot of characters throughout his career, including two superheroes, Johnny “Human Torch” Storm in “Fantastic Four” (2005) and, most notably, Steve “Captain America” Rogers in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Evans has portrayed Rogers for more than six years. As time rolls on, he seems to take on more and more of the star-spangled man’s persona.

This was on full display last weekend when a video started circling around social media.

The video of a Knoxville, Tennessee, boy — Keaton Jones — was posted online. In it, he talks about the effects of bullying.

Jones obviously is distressed in the video. What the bullies at his school allegedly did to him — and others, as well — is just horrible.

But what is unusual about this story is what happened after the video was posted.

Messages of support started pouring in form all corners, including many college and professional athletes, and some came from other celebrities, including none other than Chris Evans.


Beyond his uplifting message, Evans invited Jones and his mother to the “Avengers: Infinity War” premiere next year. That is a classy move straight out of the Captain America playbook.

Evans is not the only star to reach out to Jones and offer messages of support, either. Luke Skywalker himself reached out via Twitter, as well.

Other stars joining Evans and Mark Hamill included “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown and actress, singer, and advocate Demi Lovato.


For better or worse, celebrities have a lot of power and influence in our current culture. If they were to follow Evans’ example and use it like this more often, maybe the world would be a better place.