“Vibranium” makes its official Congressional debut in style.
Captain America actor Chris Evans visited Capitol Hill last week to talk to lawmakers about a variety of issues, but one meeting in particular threw the star for a loop.
He met with Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), a freshman member of Congress representing Texas’s Second Congressional District.
During the course of their meeting Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost his right eye after an IED explosion in Afghanistan, revealed his glass eye to Evans.
It was an image of Captain America’s shield:
— Rep. Dan Crenshaw (@RepDanCrenshaw) March 8, 2019
From the photo alone, Evans was clearly surprised and impressed. Later, he said as much in a tweet:
A VERY cool use of vibranium https://t.co/zv5L9hqqTl
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 9, 2019
The Captain America glass eye is not the only one Crenshaw owns. In a Twitter video from December, he mentioned he had about 10 glass eyes. He said the one he wears the most features the Navy SEAL trident:
Over the last year, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about where I got my eye patch, why I wear it, and the glass eye underneath. So here is the scoop. I get my eye patches at https://t.co/H6fZqbcFRk pic.twitter.com/pctcy1Iq6S
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) December 10, 2018
Crenshaw has also been known to wear different eye patch designs from time to time.
— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) February 7, 2019
No pun intended, but Evans and Crenshaw probably don’t see eye to eye on much. The actor is a vocal critic of President Trump’s. Crenshaw was a sometimes-critic of Trump during his primary, but since elected has agreed with him on a number of issues like the need for stronger border security, strengthening the laws on illegal immigration, and supporting the Venezuelan people.
Evans met with other Republicans as well, including Senator Tim Scott (SC):
Honor to meet you, sir. Thank you for taking the time. And if you repeat the secrets I told you about Endgame, Marvel will make sure we BOTH turn to dust. https://t.co/VfAsKpwOaK
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) March 5, 2019
Evans won’t say what particular issues he discussed during his two visits to DC in recent weeks. But as his tweets and those from several House and Senate members he talked to made clear, Avengers: Endgame – which premieres April 26th – was a popular topic of discussion.
Evans and Crenshaw do have a little more than a fondness for Captain America in common. As it turns out, the Congressman also has some acting experience under his belt. Crenshaw’s profile rose to national prominence when he, as a candidate, was mocked for his eye patch during a Saturday Night Live skit featuring comedian Pete Davidson shortly before the November 2018 election:
Davidson took shots at Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican running for the Senate, and Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., before he took aim at Crenshaw, a Republican. The show pulled up an image of Crenshaw wearing an eye patch, with Davidson commenting, “This guy is kind of cool, Dan Crenshaw.”
“You may be surprised to hear that he’s a congressional candidate from Texas and not a hitman in a porno movie,” Davidson said, unable to keep himself from laughing.
“I’m sorry. I know he lost his eye in war or whatever,” he added.
Backlash ensued. A week later and shortly after Crenshaw was elected, Davidson apologized to him on air and both appeared together on the show, with the just-elected Congressman playing the role of himself and getting in a few digs at Davidson’s expense.
Rep. Crenshaw already has a Democratic challenger for his seat. Elisa Cardnell, also a Navy veteran, announced her candidacy in January.
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