By Judy Kurtz - 05/07/12 11:01 PM EDT
Virtually everyone and their mother was occupying movie theater seats last weekend, helping “The Avengers” smash box office records. Everyone, that is, except a close relative of one of the superhero flick’s stars!
Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) didn’t get a chance to check out the film, which stars his nephew, actor Chris Evans. The A-list cast also includes Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johannson and Samuel L. Jackson.
Although he’s “very happy” for Evans and calls him a “hard-working guy,” Capuano said with a laugh over the phone, “I didn’t participate in making him a record-breaker.”
Evans, whose mom is the congressman’s sister, suits up as Captain America in the blockbuster. The 30-year-old entertainer isn’t the only one in showbiz — his older sister’s an actress and his brother starred in “One Life to Live.”
But the lawmaker says while his grandparents were also into performing, the acting bug must’ve skipped a generation: “Chris is great when he has lines to read. I’m terrible when I have lines to read. I’m better when I’m freewheeling it.”
Capuano, 60, jests that he might push his famous family member for a cameo role in an “Avengers” sequel: “I’ve offered repeatedly to stand in for the love scenes, but he hasn’t taken me up on that. My wife didn’t like that proposal.”
Capuano says he’s seen every movie his nephew — who has supported his uncle on the campaign trail — has appeared in, and this one is no exception.
He’s hoping to catch Evans on the big screen this weekend: “I’ll help him keep the streak going!”