Chris Evans poses with younger brother Scott Evans at the premiere of Sell By on Wednesday night (October 23) at the SVA Theater in New York City.
The 38-year-old Avengers star looked handsome in a navy jacket over an olive-green T-shirt and dark jeans as he supported his 36-year-old brother at the premiere of his new movie held during the 2019 NewFest Film Festival.
"The movie came to life every time you were on the screen." Stan Lee to Chris Evans.
Out actor Scott Evans explores a fizzling relationship in ‘Sell By’ By Patrick Saunders | Sep 27, 2019 | 11:15 AM
Does queer love have an expiration date? What happens when your five years into a relationship that’s lost its spark, and your support network is crumbling around you?
That’s the dilemma in director Mike Doyle’s Sell By, screening on Sept. 28 as a Q Spotlight at Out on Film.
The Sell By premise hit close to home for out actor Scott Evans (One Life to Live, Grace & Frankie), who stars as Adam (photo, right) alongside Augustus Prew as Marklin (left) in the film.
“There were some things that I would read in the script where I hated that I related to him so much,” Evans tells Q. “I just know so many couples who tell me this is real thing. What I’ve heard from a lot people, whether you’re gay, straight, whatever you are, you find something to relate to this.”
Evans, who is the younger brother of Captain America himself Chris Evans, first laid eyes on the Sell By script in summer 2018.
“Reading the script where the main couple is a gay couple and it didn’t even seem like a gay couple — it was just a couple,” he said. “I grew up not seeing those relationships on screen.”
Evans sent in audition tapes then Skyped with Doyle, who he knew through friends. After that it was off to New York City for a month to film.
“He is probably my favorite director that I’ve worked with,” Evans says. “The script was so personal and close to him. We got extremely close. It really changed my life, and I told him that.”
The film also stars Michelle Buteau and Zoe Chao as the Evans character’s best friends. Kate Walsh (Grey’s Anatomy) and Chaz Lamar Shepherd play a couple on the brink of divorce after 15 years of marriage. Even the great Patricia Clarkson provides a funny cameo in the film.
Sell By has become a darling of the LGBTQ film festival circuit, including a premiere at the Inside Out Festival in Toronto, Outfest in L.A. and Frameline in San Francisco. Evans and Doyle are expected at the Out on Film Festival screening as well.
Sell By screens at Midtown Art Cinema on Sept. 28, 9:15 p.m. It's just one of the Q Spotlight screenings during the festival. Watch the preview below, and visit outonfilm.org.
bikeramazonwarrior: Yes Chris Evans and I attended NewFest to support our BROTHERS😉😍😎 - He and his bro Scott were such sweethearts - My helmet and I thank them both- Yaaaaay for Sibling and Family LOVE #missfires #chris_crosstheus
Scott Evans Praises Older Brother Chris Evans’ Support: ‘He Is My Best Friend’
By Dan Clarendon
Chris Evans isn’t just Scott Evans’ big brother — he’s also Scott’s first and best friend, as the actor exclusively told Us Weekly on Wednesday, October 23.
The brothers walked the red carpet together at the premiere of Scott’s new film, Sell By, on the opening night of NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ film festival.
“It was funny because I’ve gone to so many premieres and things for him and he’s never really been in town or not working where he’s been able to come to mine,” Scott, 36, told Us. “And I just randomly was like, ‘Oh, will you be able to make it to New York for this?’ And he was like, ‘Sure! Yeah!’ I was like, ‘Oh really? You’re coming!’”
In fact, Chris, 38, even volunteered to help raise exposure for the film, an ensemble comedy costarring Patricia Clarkson and Kate Walsh. “Today, I was like, ‘Don’t worry, you don’t have to do the carpet,’” Scott explained. “He’s like, ‘I’ll do carpet if you want.’ I was like ‘Chris! Amazing!’ You know, having somebody like him here is also good for the festival and exposure.”
Chris might still be in the Grace & Frankie actor’s debt, though: Scott revealed to Us that he was the “fall man” for the Avengers star during their childhoods.
“We used to get into a lot of trouble around the house — like, whether it was like breaking something or whatever — and even if it wasn’t me, I would always just take the blame for him,” Scott said. “But my mother likes to tell the story. She’s like, ‘And every time you would confess!’ And she would be so mad at my brother because she’d know I didn’t do it, and then I would confess, and she’s got to take our word for it! She can’t be like, ‘No, you’re lying. It’s him!’”
Scott also raved about Sell By, which portrays a nuanced gay couple on screen alongside other couples. “There’s not so much stress put on the fact that it’s a gay couple,” he told Us. “It’s nice to see a story that centers around other couples, instead of having, you know, the sassy gay friend or the funny best friend or the assistant, which is just like these stereotypical roles that tend to be put in movies. Having this be inclusive is just really nice.”