Redskin Devin Thomas has a star turn, off the playing field, as The Cute Guy in a new Fantasia video
UPDATED June 28 with the new video
It's not enough just to be a pro athlete anymore. If a baller wants superstardom, he's got to go multimedia.
Devin Thomas might have found a more dignified route than going on "Dancing With the Stars" or marrying a Kardashian -- the Redskins wide receiver stars with Fantasia in her new music video, "Bittersweet," set for release Friday. How'd he get cast? Well . . . look at him!
"She just needed a young sexy man in her video, and my name came up," Thomas, 23, told our colleague Dan Steinberg.
He had never met the 2004 "American Idol" winner before their one-day shoot at an N.Y.C. theater, but he said they had no trouble generating chemistry for the cameras. "It was like we had dated before or something. It was kind of weird, but it kind of happens like that. When you meet somebody that's cool, down-to-earth, and you just know you've got to play a certain role, you just fall into the role."
Small world: Turns out newly signed Skins running back Larry Johnson also starred as The Cute Guy in a Fantasia video (2007's "When I See U"), while he was playing for Kansas City. "They needed a replacement, so they called me, and they said, 'Hey, do you want to come down and do this video shoot?' " Johnson told Steinberg. "I literally rolled out of bed and went down there. I was like, hey, all right."
"We've just got that charm," Thomas said of the Redskins-Fantasia thing.
"She's knocking 'em down," Johnson quipped.
Regardless of how Thomas does in his acting debut, his teammates are prepared to make fun of him. "As soon as I see the video, I'm getting on him," Santana Moss joked. "Me personally, if it was something I'm getting some money off of, [maybe I'd do a video], but if I ain't making no money off it, I don't need to be out there."
The video is finally out. It's very sad! Fantasia seems so heartbroken. Also, it doesn't really show us quite enough of Devin Thomas's face.
The Reliable Source
June 21, 2010; 1:03 AM ET
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