Chris Engen and Lauralee Bell “Ride” Again in Sequel to 60’s Cult Classic

Back on the hog. Controversial Young and Restless alum Chris Engen's next project is making a lot of buzz at film festivals. The actor is starring as Virgil, one of two primary lead roles in Easy Rider: The Ride Back, a sequel/prequel to Easy Rider, the 1969 counter culture flick that made icons out of Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. Co-produced by Sheree J. Wilson of Dallas and Walker Texas Ranger fame, Easy Rider: The Ride Back also stars none other than Lauralee Bell (ex-Cricket Blair, Y&R).  The film, which was shown at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, is being released Oct. 1 in select cities.

When a Kiss Isn’t Just a Kiss: Did Gay Sex Twist Really Cause Engen to Exit Y&R?

More information is coming out— pardon the pun— about the behind-the-scenes drama that allegedly led to Chris Engen (soon-to-be-ex-Adam) bolting from The Young and the Restless in the middle of his contract. According to TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco's sources, it was the writers decision to have Adam sleep with Rafe (Yani Gelman), that caused Engen to jet quicker than you could say Brokeback Genoa City!

Y&R Shocker: Adam Sleeps With Rafe!

It looks like Adam's (Chris Engen until June 24; Michael Muhney as of June 25) goose is about to be cooked on The Young and the Restless. Next week Rafe (Yani Gellman) plans to search Adam's room to find out proof the Newman menace is framing his aunt Estella. By now you'd have to have been living under a rock not to know Adam will kiss Rafe to try to throw him off the scent, but sources are indicating there's more than a buss in store for this twosome— much more! The kiss will reportedly lead to Adam  embarking on a scandalous affair with Rafe in order to keep the young attorney from spilling his secrets, all the while continuing to bed Heather (Vail Bloom)! Talk about blind man's bluff! Keep checking back with Daytime Confidential as this liquid hot story progresses!

Additional reporting by Jillian Bowe

Y&R’s Eileen Davidson on Engen’s Exit: “When the Writing got better, That’s When Chris Became Unhappy!

TV Guide Canada's Nelson Branco dishes with The Young and the Restless star, Eileen Davidson (Ashley) on former co-star Chris Engen's (ex-Adam) decision to quit the show during a red-hot storyline:
TVG: Chris Engen dressing up as Sabrina was one of those watercooler moments soaps used to deliver. What was it like to lose Chris in the middle of this breakout storyline?

ED: Chris is terrific as Adam. I love Chris and I think he’s a great person. Everybody has his or her own demons, choices and process. I can’t judge his decision because it was a personal one. I can say I love working with [recast] Michael Muhney. He’s a terrific actor. Though Chris and Michael are very different actors, so we’ll see. As for Chris, he really nailed this character. Chris’ all-American looks add another layer to this story: he looks like he regrets being so evil, but he can’t help himself. When Chris told me he was leaving, I told him he really accomplished something by being so likable playing this villain. For someone like me who is playing a heroine on this show, I would give my eyeballs and teeth to play a character like Adam Newman.

TVG: When the writing got better, Chris really began flourishing in the role …

ED: That’s the ironic part: When the writing got better, that’s when Chris became unhappy!

Creepiest Scene Ever?: Adam Newman as Sabrina

Ok, this may be the creepiest The Young and the Restless screencap I've done over the past two years. When Ashley's mental image of Sabrina morphed into the real-life image of Adam (Chris Engen) dressed as Sabrina, wearing a black wig and sporting a 10 pm shadow chills went up and down my spine. The timing of thunder and lightening as Ashley realized it was Adam and not Sabrina was soaptastic. This storyline just keeps getting better and better. What did you think of today's creepy scene? More pictures after the jump.