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Ryan Phillippe Knows His Butt Was Your Gay Awakening

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Ryan Phillippe and his butt had a big impact on the lives of young queer men.

In 1999, the Cruel Intentions cast was “old enough to know better, but too young to care.” The movie quickly became a cult classic and a box office smash, earning $75 million. Now, after nearly two decades, the movie returned to theaters, and the cast recently reflected on their experience working on the film.

Starring Ryan Phillippe, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Joshua Jackson, Tara Reid, Swoosie Kurtz and Sean Patrick Thomas, Cruel Intentions is a cinematic buffet of the 2000s hottest young stars. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Phillippe opened up about his most bootylicious scene from the film.

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“I felt okay with [showing] my butt. Everybody has a butt, it’s really not that graphic,” Phillippe said “[Laughs] So many guys on Twitter are like, ‘That’s the moment I knew I was gay,’ and there have been guys like, ‘I behaved like Sebastian to get laid!’ [Laughs] Which I never did.”

Also, actor Joshua Jackson, who played the openly gay character, Blaine Tuttle, opened up about his first day on set:

“The vibe on set was playful, and that was nice because my first day was doing this scene where I’m giving a b–w job. That was diving into the deep end. [Laughs] But I was more concerned with making my character real. You didn’t see a lot of gay characters, period. But [especially] gay characters that weren’t caricatures, so I wanted to make sure that, even with dialogue that was beautifully over-the-top, he still felt like a real person.”

To find out if a theater near you is screening the film, head to cruelintentions.com.

Ryan Phillippe Knows His Butt Was Your Gay Awakening
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