Now that Chris Evans is no longer bound by a massive Disney franchise, the actor is free to do whatever he wants. He’s free, for example, to cheerfully and liberally swear, as he does in the upcoming Rian Johnson film, Knives Out; and he’s also free to engage in a little tasteful nudity, as he does in Netflix’s new original film, The Red Sea Diving Resort.
Evans hasn’t been exactly shy about nudity in his career—he did waddle around covered in a bikini made of whipped cream and bananas in Not Another Teen Movie, after all—but he’s had an image to maintain over the last decade. Captain America doesn’t swear, thinks fondue means sex, and may very well be a virgin. He can’t just run around whipping off his clothes like he’s Matthew McConaughey. But that “America’s ass” comment in Avengers: Endgame—which comes not just from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), but from Cap himself after he knocks out his counterpart and takes a moment to admire his own backside—made it clear that the Captain America actor is ready to embrace his sexuality, and the good people of Netflix have given him the opportunity to just that.
The Red Sea Diving Resort, written and directed by Gideon Raff, is based on the true story of a group of Mossad agents who engaged in a secret operation to rescue Ethiopian refugees and used a deserted hotel in Sudan as their base. Evans plays a man named Ari Levinson (a fictional composite, as are the other characters in the film), the charismatic leader of the Mossad agents, while Michael K. Williams (The Wire, When They See Us) plays Kebede, the leader of the Ethiopian rebels. It’s hard not to think of the whole thing as just another Captain America adventure, especially when Evans is shouting heroic commands, delivering inspirational speeches, or blatantly defying his supervisor (Ben Kingsley) in order to do what he believes is right. But things take a not-so-Disney turn in a brief scene about halfway through the film that involves Ari waking up to greet the day… naked. Yep, Ari sleeps naked. It’s a personality trait, people! It’s called building your character’s backstory. Look it up.
We don’t actually get a full view of either Evans’s back or his front, but we do get a tasteful profile of what will forever be referred to as America’s ass, thanks to Endgame.
It’s truly a two-second nothing scene, accompanied by the ’80s Imagination song, “Just An Illusion,” that then transitions into some nice shots of Evans walking around shirtless on the beach. But we’re certain those two seconds will be enough to send Chris Evans Tumblr fan accounts scrambling to stream the film. Smart move, Netflix. Smart move.
This isn’t the first Chris Netflix has gotten to get naked: Chris Pine had a memorable, and much more shocking full-frontal shot in the Netflix original Outlaw King. Netflix is slowly working its way through the Chris’s, and we wouldn’t be surprised if Hemsworth is next. Honestly, it’s not a bad business model.
Watch The Red Sea Diving Resort on Netflix