Sorry kids, but Captain America used to smoke weed. In a recent Hollywood Reporter profile, Chris Evans revealed how he “used to love [weed],” though he’s dialed the habit back in recent years.
“You know, I’ve chilled out on weed,” Evans told THR. “I used to love it, but now I think it’s the one thing that gets in my way. It zaps your motivation.”
In the cover story, Evans was reflecting on how much his life has changed since when he first moved to Hollywood in hopes of becoming an actor. He lived in what THR characterized as “Hollywood’s freshman dorm, the legendary Oakwood Apartments complex in Toluca Lake.” Reminiscing on those days, he recalled how welcoming all the young, but “thirsty” actors were, teaching each other the ropes including where to pick up weed. “You had to know that, back then. You couldn’t just walk into a store,” Evans said.
Now thanks to California’s recreational marijuana laws, Captain America could just enter a dispensary if he wanted. But the aspirational pursuit of being one of Hollywood’s leading men just doesn’t coincide with what Evans sees the cannabis lifestyle.
“I think apathy kind of bleeds in, and you start to think, ‘Well, I’m not apathetic, I just don’t feel like doing that.’ And it’s like, no—you would feel like doing that if you weren’t stoned,” he said. “And, you know—I’m 37. I can’t be smoking weed all the time. That’s crazy.”
All the comments coincide with the upcoming release of Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame this April. By all accounts, it seems like this movie will be the last in which Chris Evans dons the Captain America costume. But he also emphasized that comments of his forthcoming retirement have been greatly exaggerated.
“I never said the word ‘retire,'” he said. “It’s a really obnoxious notion for an actor to say they’re going to retire—it’s not something you retire from.”