From The Director – I could not believe my luck when I heard that Evan Adams, who I always think of as is, “Thomas Builds the Fire” from Smoke Signals, was willing to be in my film. There were literally three people that I could think of who could play the role of Casper Many-Words the way that I envisioned him and Evan Adams was at the top of the list. Evan is an enormous supporter of Aboriginal film and filmmakers (that is when he is not at his day job as an MD) and having him on the film added not only some star power but some legitimacy for the project. The character of Casper is actually a little tough to play because he is at once innocent and lovable but he is also a trickster figure who seems to know a lot more than he lets on. Casper is blessed with more than his fair share of confidence, and he seems to be everywhere at once. He knows more, understands more, sees the lessons that must be learned and he facilitates them, but always indirectly. He’s referred to in the film as the nicest guy on the Rez.
Evan’s acting career spans across TV and Film over 35 years. His most recognizable role was as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in the 1988 film Smoke Signals which made him a lovable and memorable actor in many peoples hearts still today.
Some of his recent projects include the critically acclaimed Indian Horse which also stars his co-stars in Indian Road Trip, Ajuawak Kapashesit and Nathan Alexis.
Evan also stars in an upcoming film Kayak to Klemtu where he plays the role of Dave. A story of a 14-year-old girl who is determined to travel along the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest by kayak in order to testify against a proposed pipeline.
He also narrates the miniseries 1491 and the docudrama Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian.