Captain America Steps Into Political Realm
“It’s not about my political opinion. This is about yours. This is a chance for you to talk about issues that matter to you.”
Hollywood Actor Chris Evans is getting serious with politics, with plans to launch a website in search of facts from “both sides” of the political spectrum.
Fittingly, the actor best known for portraying a superhero onscreen called Captain America is setting his sights on serving the country in his own new way.
Evans confirmed a recent CNN report that he may have begun dabbling in politics, fueled by a video invitation that he sent to members of congress on Friday.
No, Evans was not planning to run for office or launch a crusade in the name of a specific cause. Instead, he will start a news-based website called A Starting Point, aiming to interpret political information in a more neutral, balanced way.
In the video invitation, the actor called A Starting Point a “one-stop shop for simple, digestible information from the people who know best.”
Evans’ solution for a more well-rounded news cycle is simple: “For every question, we’re going to try to get the Republican and Democratic response. For someone who doesn’t know much about an issue, they can come and hear both sides.”
“I just thought, ‘Why isn’t there a place I can go to hear both sides of an issue in a succinct way that I can trust?'” Evans asked in the video.
He also plans to keep responses from politicians to a one-minute maximum.
The 37-year old actor maintained that he will not be pushing his own political beliefs, but merely providing a platform for better understanding of today’s issues and news.
“I want to make it clear that this website has nothing to do with my political opinion,” Evans said in the video. “It’s not about my political opinion. This is about yours. This is a chance for you to talk about issues that matter to you.”
Evans has already interviewed a full slate of Republicans and Democrats including Democratic Sens. Chris Coons of Delaware and Cory Booker of New Jersey; Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jim Risch of Idaho and Tim Scott of South Carolina; and Democratic Reps. Ted Lieu and Swalwell, both of California.
Also interviewed were high profile figures in Washington such as Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota; California Rep. Katie Porter and Rep. Dan Crenshaw of Texas.
Swalwell, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, revealed in a March Twitter post that he’d been interviewed by Evans for “his new civil engagement project”, and complimented Evans’ interviewing style as “straight to the point, no BS, and just the real.”
The actor does have some politics in his background—his uncle is Massachusetts politician Mike Capuano.
There is no confirmation yet on when A Starting Plan will launch.