Why Knives Out’s Rian Johnson Gave Chris Evans That Milk And Cookies Scene

Chris Evans in Knives Out

Since 2011, Chris Evans has been largely known to the world as Captain America. However, those days are behind him now, and he may have found the perfect film to make a clean break with Rian Johnson's detective story Knives Out.

The movie is a classic whodunit, with a Rian Johnson twist, that sees Chris Evans as Ransom, the entitled grandson of his family's newly deceased mystery author patriarch. Evans' character is the family slacker who only arrives in the movie (outside of flashbacks) when it's time for the reading of the will, and when he does, it's one hell of an entrance.

He walks in the door chomping on cookies and the first thing he does is ask the housekeeper if she could get him a cold glass of milk. He's instantly seen as terrible, which is exactly why Rian Johnson wrote the scene that way. As the director explained on our own Reelblend podcast...

That just kind of feels right. And also it’s kind of infantile, and there’s something annoying about people drinking milk. And asking someone else for a cold glass. It’s almost like you’d ask your mom for a cold glass of milk. Because at that moment his bursts in and he’s been set up as this infantile child, basically. So the notion that he’s eating cookies and milk just seemed to me that that would just hit, would tag that base of... He’s just kind of a brat.

As Rian Johnson says, we know from what other characters have said about Ransom that he's just an entitled, awful, person. When he arrives, he successfully proves everybody right. He's rude to literally every person in his family, He clearly has no respect for them.

A good murder mystery needs lots of suspects, and Knives Out has one of the best casts of the year that includes not only Chris Evans, but Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson and more. With so many characters to juggle, there is a lot of information that Knives Out needs to get across quickly and cleanly, and it's moments like this that very much do that. You know everything you need to know about Chris Evans character (at least up to that point) after only spending a couple of minutes with him.

While Knives Out isn't quite a traditional whodunit parlor mystery, it contains all of those classic elements, and fans of those sorts of stories are almost certainly going to enjoy themselves. I don't know what the chances are that Daniel Craig's private detective character Benoit Blanc might be seen again solving another mystery, but I for one would love to see that happen.

To hear more of Rian Johnson's ReelBlend interview, check out the complete episode below.

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Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.