Chris Evans speaks out on criticism: ‘I never got why people got sniffy about it’

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Chris Evans, 54, revealed he was one of the many who really enjoyed the controversial decision to make the hit BBC series Downton Abbey, into a film. While he gushed over the splendour of period drama, he noted there were lots of others who got “sniffy” about the adaptation following the great success of the TV show.

I never got that, I never got why they were sniffy about it!

Chris Evans

Speaking to Laura Carmichael, who played Lady Edith Crawley in the historical drama between 2010 and 2015, they discussed the reaction the 2019 film received.

The role brought her worldwide recognition and she previously admitted that getting the job was a “miracle”.

“I loved the film, the film did really well, didn’t it?” he said as Laura agreed.

Chris continued: “Some people got quite sniffy about it.

“I never got that, I never got why they were sniffy about it!


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“I thought it was so cool!”

While the former BBC DJ never mentioned who he was talking about, we can probably assume he meant the critics who branded the adaptation “forced” and “unnecessary”.

The film begins in 1927, shortly before a royal visit to Downton Abbey by King George V and Queen Mary.

It features many of the original cast members such as Laura, Dame Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery and Elizabeth McGovern.

BBC journalist and critic Caryn James, gave the film three stars and described it as “delightful fun” despite the plot being “obvious almost to the point of stupidity”.

Nevertheless, it was made for the fans and the fans certainly enjoyed it, as it grossed $194 million worldwide.

After Chris bid farewell to Laura, he went on to introduce his next guest of the show, actor William Shatner.

But things seemed to go downhill, as the on-air team began the interview without Chris knowing what was going on.

“Oh no! You’ve just supplanted William Shatner for Doctor Robert!” Chris suddenly exclaimed.

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Listeners weren’t quite sure what was going on and it seemed the radio team didn’t either.

The studio fell silent as Chris’ co-star welcomed the actor the show, but he was met with an awkward reception from the host.

“Morning!” William shouted in the background but he was met with more silence.

“Wait, is that now?!” Chris sounded alarmed.

“I thought we were just going to pay the UnXplained clip?!” he said, referring to William’s new Sky History documentary titled The UnXplained.


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The airwaves were so silent you could hear a pin drop, before the peace was broken by fits of giggles from the studio team as Chris uttered: “The show is falling apart.

“This is why we play records.”

All came good in the end after they rejigged the schedule to fit around the mistake.

The Chris Evans Breakfast Show airs weekdays on Virgin Radio at 6:30am.

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