Chris Evans in Gucci at the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Paris Premiere

Posted on March 18, 2014

Once again, we call upon the drag queens to come down from Olympus and teach these poor, clueless stars how to WERQ. Chris, cute as he is, seriously needs some lessons in face-giving, because his go-to expression (disdain + constipation) is simply NOT doing the job:


Chris Evans attends the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” at Le Grand Rex in Paris, France in Gucci.

We’re digging the beard, but he needs a haircut.

As for the suit; love the color, but we’re starting to think the vests aren’t working. He’s thick in his torso, which means, no matter how fit and ripped he might be underneath them, vests aren’t always his best friend. The tie and the shirt look like afterthoughts. Tsk. That’s exactly opposite from the correct approach. Your tie and shirt choices are how you punctuate the whole look and bring it together.





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  • Glam Dixie

    I love the color of that suit and I don’t mind the dark shirt/tie with it. He looks very concerned about something, maybe he’s double parked.

    • gloriana232

      “Did I put in three quarters or four?”

  • Ms. Schmidt

    Aargh, he looks totally like someone else here and I can’t think of who! Help, please?

    • kimmeister

      Is the furrowed brow giving you Stephen Colbert?

      • Ms. Schmidt

        Nope, that’s not it.

    • Maddy

      My immediate reaction was that the light eyes and constipated facial expression made him look like Clint Eastwood.

      • Ms. Schmidt

        No, not it either but you did make me laugh out loud in my office.

    • KES4K

      Al from Tool Time on “Home Improvement”.

    • Mac from “It’s Always Sunny…”?

      • Ms. Schmidt

        No. Not him either. This is killing me because it’s like if I glance at the picture the *who* is right on the tip of my brain.

    • eriklee

      Is it Chris O’Dowd (the male love interest in Bridesmaids)?

    • marlie

      Chris Pine?

    • Jenny

      I think he looks like Liam Hemsworth. I did a double take when this was posted on Facebook.

    • Aidan B

      Nicholas Cage. That’s who I see, to my horror.

      • AnotherG

        Yeah, you’ve unfortunately nailed it.

    • SophieB210

      Nicolas Cage

    • prettybigkitty

      Jaden Smith? His go-to expression is furrowed brow worry/confusion.

  • Noah

    He constantly looks like he’s in pain, and I always feel like I should give him a hug. Which would probably turn out to be as awkward as the hug Joan gave Dawn in Mad Men, but still.

    • When I imagine hugging him, it isn’t awkward.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Snaps to that

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Get in line!

    • uprightcitizen

      I don’t think it’s real pain, I think it’s the light. Photographers use reflectors outdoors to fill in the shadows (or flash) and he seems to be more sensitive to it than others, hence the slight squint and furrowed brow. I believe that’s the “disdain” that TLo are seeing. As for hugging him … it couldn’t hurt, right?

      • SierraDelta

        If I were in Paris, I’d put on sunglasses and look tres, tres heureuse.

        • anotherkate

          I would definitely be on board if celebrities started wearing sunglasses for pictures again. Good sunglasses automatically turn anyone from Famous Person X into International MOVIE STAH.

  • He looks like a lost Wilson brother…

  • Nancer

    I like the suit, and agree about the vest. Also agree – he has to stop frowning! He’s giving himself a pronounced forehead wrinkle, which is NOT how I picture my Captain America!

    • marlie

      At least you know he’s not botoxing his face into oblivion.

      • Nancer

        Which I agree is a VERY good thing! Still, such a beautiful face. I hate to see him look like he’s in pain…

  • Capt. Renault

    Enough with the pocket pool, Evans.

  • Chuck Barthelme

    He looks like he’s trying to do a Sean Connery impression. Or at least, I get the feeling if he talked at all, it would be in his voice.

  • Sarah

    The color is pretty on the suit, esp. with his eyes. I am an unabashed beard lover, but I actually don’t like his. He is serving me Mac from It’s Always Sunny in Phila.

  • Anna

    HAHAHAHA: “His go-to expression (disdain + constipation),” yup. That about sums it up for me.

    His outfit reminds me of that dude from S.H.I.E.L.D. who wore something similar the other day, albeit I like the colour better here.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I think he needs to go back to the short buzzed hair with the beard look like his Gucci Guilty poster…the 10ft Sephora one that is rolled up and waiting to go on my new living room wall.

  • kimmeister

    Gucci, really? Why are they making suits out of material that become wrinkled messes the second you bend your arms and knees (as humans are wont to do)?

  • Dandesun

    He has the good fortune to have his beard match his hair. A lot of guys aren’t so lucky in that realm.

    • kimmeister

      It’s always a trip for me to see a guy with a red beard who doesn’t have red hair.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        See, now I’m thinking about Tom Hiddleston – there goes my whole afternoon!

    • jw_ny

      Good fortune OR Just For Men?

    • Sarah

      I dig it when they don’t match. I had one of those for a boyfriend long ago – blonde with red beard – and he inspired all kinds of Nordic Viking fantasies for me. My current fellow has black hair/beard, but the beard is going salty, so it might not match after a while, either.

  • He’s quite open about how he struggles with severe anxiety, especially when promoting films. I give him a pass on the facial expressions.

    • another_laura

      He’s an actor. The job description covers looking pleasant when not feeling happy.

      • Ooh, ouch. I understand and sympathize with your POV to an extent — but “not feeling happy” is a pretty big oversimplification of an anxiety disorder. I know the next question may be “Why go into acting if you have an anxiety disorder?” but I like the idea of him chasing his dreams even with it.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          It’s a big reason TO do it – when you’re acting you’re hidden behind someone else’s word, clothes, face etc – it’s incredibly liberating. There’s many an introvert found a means of expression on stage.

          • FrigidDiva

            Yep. I was always painfully shy when I was a child, but I loved performing on stage for dance or piano recitals, I didn’t have stage fright the way others did. Performing is the easy part, interacting with people not so much. He definately gets a pass on the facial expressions from me.

        • another_laura

          Of course it’s a simplification, this is a fashion blog, not a therapy couch (said with love). If you need to work to put on a happy face while doing your poledance for your big movie, then you’ve got to do the work. There are plenty of people in the business with anxiety, call it stage fright, call it whatever you like. You put on a performance. His role here is acting like George Clooney, who for all I know throws up from nerves before he goes on the red carpet, yet that is not what he portrays.

          • Well said!

          • I think this is slightly different from stage fright. As I understand it, he has gone to therapy to help combat the anxiety, especially before a film release, so it’s not like he isn’t trying. (And I’m sure that people saying “What’s up with his face?” doesn’t help, either.) Anxiety is not something you can always have a lot of control over.

          • (a propos of nothing, wow there are a lot of Lauras crowded into this thread…)

      • AnaRoW

        Why do people say this? He’s not in improv and he’s on the red carpet where there’s no script.

        Besides the lights from the camera flashes actually hurt his eyes. He’s not intentionally looking unpleasant.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      That might be one of the reasons he grows a beard in-between-roles… something to hide behind. I think he’s fab – he can squint at me all he likes.

    • Catiline

      I am torn. I genuinely admire his openness about going to therapy. When I needed to see a therapist I couldn’t bring myself to tell anyone other than my mom, so I think it is legitimately awesome that an action hero dude is so open about it. At the same time, it’s hard not to contrast it with how actresses get called ungrateful and bitchy if they don’t look 10000% high on life on the red carpet. I like Chris Evans a lot and I don’t think he deserves to get dumped on harder, but that aspect sticks in my craw a little.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        That’s a really good point, I hadn’t thought about it in those terms before. I’m not sure why there’s a double standard (except that there so often just IS a double standard!)

      • I think you can both genuinely admire him for his openness AND call out the double standard. 🙂

        • fursa_saida

          Right. You can criticize the double standard without suggesting that it’s (in this case) Evans’ fault that he’s benefiting from it.

  • In_Stitches

    Not a fan of the beard. It takes all the interest and the definition out of his face. I totally agree on the vest, shirt and tie. Ditch all three and go with a white shirt and a tie bordering on gold and mustard and he’d have a cool, updated retro look.

  • Eclectic Mayhem

    That’s interesting… I know he wears a hairpiece when he’s being Cap (sorry to shatter anyones illusions!) and I’d always presumed it’s because his natural hair has the texture and consistency of a bog brush (US trans toilet brush) and simply wouldn’t behave in a Cap-like manner… but here he is with a side parting (albeit the other side) and everything! *shrugs*.

    Still would.

    • MilaXX

      They can work miracles with weaves these days.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        You think maybe that’s not his hair either?

        • MilaXX

          I don’t know and if it is I can’t tell. I just wouldn’t be surprised. I’m sure Travolta is the only member of the hairclub for men

        • marlie

          I think it’s just that his natural hair isn’t blonde. Maybe he didn’t want to – or wasn’t able to – dye it for Captain America.

          • fursa_saida

            I’ve always just heard he didn’t want to dye it. I have no way of knowing what it’s “normally” like, but when he has it buzzed it sticks up in the way I associate with lots of Boston white boys I’ve known who buzz their hair, which to me suggests it’s pretty straight.

          • marlie

            It could be the case that he didn’t want to dye it. I meant more that I didn’t get the impression that he has or is wearing a hairpiece because he’s losing his hair, but rather, for work (the Cap’n hair).

          • fursa_saida

            Oh, sorry, I misunderstood. I was backing up the “no thanks to the dye” thing, mostly.

    • FrigidDiva

      Totally did not know that was a piece in the movies. I’m trying to think back to some of his earlier roles and he usually sports something shorter, but not overly styled. Still, if what he’s wearing right now isn’t his, whoever’s doing the work on that needs a raise.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        In his other roles it’s generally just spiky, a slightly longer version of his off-duty buzzcut. He has some highlights in The Losers but other than that… I think maybe the hairpiece for Captain America is just so that it’s there, fixed, done, in place and it’s not going to move around too much while he does his Cap stuff.

        Have you seen the extras on the first Captain America movie? Worth a watch… they tried to get in all sorts of specialist divers, gymnast etc to double for Evans here and there but they always ended up using his takes because no one else moves like him!

        There’s one incredible shot of him against a green screen miming throwing the shield… every single fibre of his being is committed to the action, it’s an absolute thing of beauty. And he’s just miming. *sigh* he’s dreamy….

        • Catiline

          I will have to look for those extras! I was really impressed with that Avengers outtake where Chris Hemsworth fails to catch Thor’s hammer. That part was absolutely hilarious, but next to him you see Evans catch Cap’s shield and execute this really nice move.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            I know the clip you mean! Evans is so focused and Hemsworth is tarting about like a loon!

          • fursa_saida

            The whole gag reel is great, Cobie Smulders in particular.

        • Dandesun

          I think one of the references was that Evans has a ‘dancer’s run’ — there’s just a way he’s light on his feet that the stunt guys can’t replicate.

          And yes, the stuff with the shield. At one point, they just gave the shield to him and said ‘how would you throw it?’ and he came up with a bunch of different ways that they hadn’t thought of but were totally natural.

          I really didn’t know what to expect when they cast him as Cap. I had seen him as Johnny Storm and thought he did a great job (as Johnny is a cocky douchey smart-ass type) but I really did wonder how he’d handle Steve Rogers. He laid all doubts to rest. I love his portrayal of Steve. And playing a legitimate Good Guy like Steve Rogers is NOT easy to do without coming off as treacly or preachy or something. He’s got a real stoic feel to him but the earnestness is genuine.

          And I love watching Cap fight. It’s one of my favorite things.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            And I love watching Cap fight. It’s one of my favorite things

            Well, hold onto your socks for the elevator scene coming up in The Winter Soldier!

            I really like the fact that Evans can dance (for the love of all things holy will someone put him in a film where he tap dances, please?!) he moves beautifully.

            When he’s doing his ‘bad boy’ schtick (for example Johnny Storm) it mostly leaves me cold but I LOVE him as Cap – he had me at Skinny Steve! – I can not even begin to imagine anyone else in the role. Kevin Feige & the team at Marvel are doing an amazing job casting actors and directors for these films.

            The First Avenger was a tragedy, as far as I’m concerned and – much as I’m champing at the bit to see The Winter Solider – I’m actually really anxious that it will be a tragedy too. I would like to see Steve Rogers get something he wants (be that a dance with a shapely dame or the return of a long-lost friend mayhap?!) rather than constantly having to subsume his own needs in order to be Captain America. I want to see him genuinely happy because he breaks my heart.

          • Catiline

            I had the same progression from my opinion of him as Johnny Storm to my opinion of him as Steve! I remember thinking the second FF movie was really stupid, but Evans was really enjoyable. I wasn’t sure how that would translate to Steve Rogers, but now I really understand why Marvel kept asking even after he turned the role down. Because yeah – in some ways, I think he had one of the most tricky balancing acts of any of the Avengers actors. It would be so, so easy for the character to tip over into cloying vanilla self-parody, and I was really pleasantly surprised at how much credibility Evans brought to the character.

  • MilaXX

    Does he wear glasses in real life? He always looks like he’s trying to read fine print. The suit is okay, I dislike the vest and the short color, but I appreciate that he’s putting in the effort.

    • Dandesun

      I have seen him in glasses. It’s a good look for him, I must say… although I admittedly have a weakness for sexy guys in glasses.

  • bejopu

    Nicolas Cage.

    • Glam Dixie

      That’s just mean! Funny, but mean.

    • KendraMR

      I thought the same thing!

  • RedRaven617

    As a fellow blue-eyed person, I see him squinting against bright (and uncomfortable) lights.

    • Dandesun

      I’m particularly sensitive to light myself. I wear shades on cloudy days. It’s damn painful without some protection and all those lights? Argh. I sympathize.

  • I understand about light sensitivity, but I can’t imagine the lighting is very subdued on set and he’s not all squinty faced as the Captain. Poor guy! I just want to rub those worry lines away.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Yup. Same here!

    • FrigidDiva

      I’d like to rub something…
      Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    I hate how the genetically gifted people seem afraid of showing a full smile.

  • Rhonda Shore

    It looks like he has the sun in his eyes…maybe a pair of cool shades is what he needs. I like the dark shirt and tie w/the suit, it looks like he’s put some effort into it.

  • Super_Red

    He kind of looks like a Hemsworth here. And holy cow is the beard a good look on him.

  • FrigidDiva

    I’m not anti-beard by any means. The right guy with the right facial hair can make me swoon. However, I’m not a fan of Chris with this beard and hair combo he’s got going on. He looks too much like Scott Disick (or however you spell Khourtney Kardashian’s baby daddy’s name) and that guy is just a massive douche nozzle, which by all appearances in interviews, etc, Chris is not. So Chris, please shave so you don’t bear a resemblance to that douche nozzle, because no one wants to be the business end.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I wouldn’t mind stealing some of his Lucky Charms.

  • eandh99

    I think he’d be a lot happier doing this pole dance if he had a little co-star support – he and Hemsworth did a lot of Avengers promos/interviews together and Chris Evans was a different person- relaxed, joking – sitting beside Thor. But then Kristen Stewart can do an animated, funny interview if she’s sitting next to Thor, it appears to be his real-life superpower

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      On the other hand I think I’d be catatonic if I were sat next to Hemsworth…!

    • Dandesun

      Those interviews are hilarious. I think my favorite was the person who asked where they’d go in the past if they had a time machine. Hemsworth immediately said dinosaurs and Evans went ‘Can I bring stuff with me? Like penicillin? I don’t want to go to the past, get a toothache and die.’

      But also, Evans IS the guy who sent the text out to everyone when they were filming the Avengers that just said ‘Assemble.’ Guy’s got oodles of charm and humor to him.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Have you seen the stuff when he and Hemsworth were on The View? Priceless!

      • Catiline

        I loved the one where Evans forgot the name of the villain in the second Fantastic Four movie, and Hemsworth was like “Weren’t you IN that movie???” Hilarious.

  • decormaven

    He’s close on the styling here, but the dark shirt and tie were missteps. He’s going to get it right- at least the suit is properly fitted.

  • Sadie-Ann

    I really think the face thing is to do with the lights. I saw other pictures of him from the last event where he was wearing sunglasses in a couple of them and his expressions were totally different with those on. I think maybe he’s stuck between looking like a jerk for squinting or a jerk for wearing glasses all the time.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Given those options I would choose the comfort of Mr. Evans – without hesitation. Slap your sunnies on young fella me lad.

  • LeelaST

    Keep the head hair, lose the facial growth.

  • Mrs. Julien

    As someone with light sensitive eyes, I wonder if his expression isn’t disdain/constipation so much as a lot of flashbulbs.

  • marlie

    Great color suit. I don’t mind the vest, but the shirt is all wrong. They could have made that tie work with a different color shirt.

    And Chris needs some lessons in relaxing the face.

  • OhSheila

    I’m with those who think it’s a light issue he can’t figure a work-around for. He looks like he WANTS to look happy but those lights are just a bitch.

  • Aidan B

    Oh my God he looks like Nicholas Cage here.

  • Gloriana Reginata

    I’ll forgive him the lack of attention to shirt and tie for the colour of that suit alone. And at least the black of the shirt shows off how beautifully he shaved round the edges of the beard, putting all the focus on his face. That works for me 🙂

  • Danielle


  • Nice from the neck down.

  • Tom Markiewicz

    The black shirt irritates me SO MUCH! If he had have worn a white shirt, that tie would make a nice contrast and the green of the suit would really sing. Ingrate.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I’m actually starting to wonder if he’s in pain. That crease between his brows is omnipresent lately.

  • Danielle West

    Constipation was my first thought. I love when we’re in sync.

  • MartyBellerMask

    Bland as can be.

  • Daktari100

    With a bod like that, he can surely do better than this.

  • Perigee

    Thought that was Liam Hemsworth for a minute. Also liking the beard. I have never advocated botox before, but I am here; not because he needs to look younger. If he botoxed those 11s between his eyes he wouldn’t be able to give the withholding poop look, which would raise his hotness quotient considerably.

  • Jecca2244

    ok, i’m starting to agree with the BK who said something about lighter eyes having a harder time with the flashes. or maybe it was vice versa.

  • traceyishere

    I hate a black shirt with a suit and tie.

  • JynxTheCat

    Uncover that face – see an optometrist.

  • JP

    Attention all BoyStars with a neckbeard: THIS is how a beard should look.

    I wonder if his face is the result of sensitivity to all the flashes going off? I always wonder how stars cope with that — I’d end up with a migraine if I set one foot on a red carpet, LOL.

  • e jerry powell

    I hope to never see any of his films, but boyfriend is making me weak on these red carpets.