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.
It's so funny; I woke up this morning, and Not Another Teen Movie was on TV. I don't know if you ever saw it, but I had to put a banana in my butt. At the time, you're just so happy to be on a job. I just looked at it and said, 'Who cares? I'm earning my stripes.'
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.