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 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.
Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold. I promise it gets better. While those punks at your school are deciding what kind of people they want to be in this world, how would you and your mom like to come to the Avengers premiere in LA next year? https://t.co/s1QwCQ3toi
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) December 10, 2017
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.
Keaton-Don’t waste time wondering why a bully would be so mean-They’re sad people who think hurting others will make them feel better because they really don’t like themselves-They’re just jealous because you’re so smart & handsome❤️Your friend-mh https://t.co/SUMw3OoCTm
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 10, 2017
Other stars joining Evans and Mark Hamill included “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown and actress, singer, and advocate Demi Lovato.
Keaton, this is so accurate. Why do people do this? I think your sooo cool Keaton! I wanna be your friend ( but srsly) ur freakin awesome ❤️ https://t.co/LD7Q762bL9
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) December 9, 2017
I #StandwithKeaton. Keaton baby, just know you’re not alone. There are so many people who come out of bullying so much stronger and you will be one of them!! God bless you sweetheart. https://t.co/LdCAy2lDHu
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 11, 2017
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.