Rapper Kid Cudi is disappointed that his gay sex scenes were cut from the independent film James White. The Josh Mond-directed movie premiered on Jan. 23 at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.
James White is described as "a hard-hitting drama" that explores the life of a 20-something New Yorker after his father's death, his mother's cancer and his struggles with his personal demons. It's assumed that one of his struggles involves his sexual preference for men.
Kudi plays the gay best friend of the movie's heterosexual lead. The 30-year-old Cleveland, Ohio native told Billboard magazine that the role was a turning point for him.
"This was way different than anything else I've ever done," said Cudi, who also scored the film's soundtrack. "It was dope to do that. I felt like I had a responsibility to present a different walk in life from that world."
During a Q&A session after the film's Sundance screening, Kudi said he was disappointed that his kissing scenes with the male lead actor were left on the cutting room floor.
"I'm mad [Josh Mond] cut out my kissing scenes with David," Cudi said. "We made out so many times -- and it was so good! That's my only gripe."
"When he comes out of the closet it's not really a thing," Cudi told Billboard. "I think that's something the world needs to see. 'Cause it's not a thing. We're all equal."
Cudi, who says he is heterosexual, had no hesitations kissing a man.
"No. My thing is what story are we trying to tell here," Cudi told Billboard. "I didn't flinch. I'm secure with mine. I'm an artist -- it's all about playing characters that are intriguing and stimulating."
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