Chris Evans Is Open to Playing Tom Brady — as Long as He's No Longer a Trump Supporter
Chris Evans is a big Patriots fan, but not one of President Donald Trump
The 37-year-old actor told The Hollywood Reporter that it’s been tough being a Patriots fan in the age of Trump because of Brady’s purported friendship with the president. This is no small declaration for Evans, as he was born and raised in Boston and has been a lifelong follower of the team.
“I don’t know, I really hope he’s not a Trump supporter,” Evans told THR in a story published on Wednesday when asked if he’d be open to playing Brady in a movie. “I’m just hoping he’s one of those guys that maybe supported him and now regrets it.”
Evans, who stars in next month’s Avengers: Endgame, hopes that Brady regrets showing his support of Trump during his presidential campaign.
“Maybe he thought it was going to be different — and even that bothers me — but maybe there’s a chance now he just thinks Trump’s an absolute dumb s—, which he is,” Evans said of the 41-year-old quarterback. “If he doesn’t, if he’s still on that Trump train, I might have to cut ties.”
Evans admitted that he only recently considered ending his Patriots fandom over the six-time Super Bowl champion’s links to Trump.
“I think maybe a couple of years ago,” he said, “I might have tried to pull some, like, mental gymnastics to compartmentalize, but I don’t know if I can anymore. So I’m just hoping he’s woken up.”
Evans isn’t the only celebrity to call out Brady for supporting Trump.
When the former The Apprentice host was running for president in 2016, Brady was seen with a MAGA cap in his locker. He later explained to WEEI that Trump sent it to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who then gave it to him.
“[Trump] sent it to me via R.K.K.,” Brady said, referring to Kraft. “He always gives me a call and different types of motivational speeches at different times. So now that he’s running for president, he sent me a hat, and he gave it to R.K.K. a couple weeks ago. So it found its way to my locker.”
In the lead up to this year’s Super Bowl, Daniel Radcliffe also referenced the hat when explaining why he was hoping the Patriots would lose to the Los Angeles Rams.
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“The whole world’s rooting against the Patriots,” Radcliffe told Variety. “Take that MAGA hat out of your locker.”
While Brady and Trump have been seen embracing each other at Patriots games and sharing rounds of golf in recent years, it is unclear what their friendship is like now that the latter has become president.
When the Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2017, Brady declined a visit to the White House and cited “personal family matters.”