While Chris Evans is most closely associated with his role as Steve Rogers/Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he had humbler beginnings as a young actor. Audiences first saw Evans in the spoof comedy Not Another Teen Movie, where he played conflicted jock Jake Wyler. A spoof on Freddie Prinze Jr.'s She's All That character, Evans played the dim football player with ease, although there was one scene that required the young actor to wear nothing but some strategically placed whipped cream and one very special banana.
Chris Evans recently spoke to Elle about his career and personal life, likely to help promote his new drama Gifted. Regarding his Not Another Teen Movie nudity (especially the banana that was sprouting from his butt), Chris Evans said:
Well that's certainly the right way to look at it. Not Another Teen Movie was Chris Evans' second film credit, so he wasn't in the place to pick and chose his roles. Chris Evans booked a major blockbuster, and it resulted in the fruitful (pun intended) career we've seen over the years.
And his roles did continue to get better and better in just a few years. Following Not Another Teen Movie, Chris Evans booked the thriller Cellular opposite Jason Statham and Kim Basinger, before booking the role of the Human Torch in The Fantastic Four and its sequel. This would mark Evans' first go playing a Marvel superhero, in a time before serialized storytelling and shared universes were in the Hollywood lexicon.
Chris Evans is one of the few actors to have played multiple superhero roles, although Josh Brolin's inclusion in Deadpool 2 will see him playing both Cable and Thanos at around the same time.
Not Another Teen Movie was a big break moment for more than just Chris Evans. Grey's Anatomy and Supergirl star Chyler Leigh played art student Janey Briggs while she was still an unknown. Jaime Pressly also got a major role before Joe Dirt and My Name is Earl made her a star, as well as L Word actress Mia Kirshner and a pre-Mean Girls Lacey Chabert.
And while he may have had a banana up his butt, Chris Evans has made a great career for himself. And with his contract with Marvel up after the next two Avengers movies, we may want to pay attention to which projects Evans choses for himself.
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Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.
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