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Video: Ryan Phillippe & Breckin Meyer Share Shirtless Kiss In Deleted "54" Scene

1998's 54 helped many a closeted teen like myself come to terms with our sexuality (and to develop a near-debilitating crush on Ryan Phillippe), but an infamous scene deleted from the director's cut likely would have underscored the impact of the film. 

The scene, practically mythological until recently, shows Ryan and Brecking, shirtless and intimate, share a kiss. 

After Elton's (now Brent Hartinger was one of few who got to view the director's cut of 54 back in early 2010, and wrote a review of a version of the film that many didn't think they'd be able to see. 

Here, Brent chalks up the studio's decision to cut the scene to the endemic de-gaying in Hollywood at the time:

The original cut by writer-director Mark Christopher included a scene of Phillippe’s character briefly kissing co-star Breckin Meyer. But test-audiences reportedly reacted negatively to this scene, and to the movie’s generally unsympathetic characters.

Fearing a bomb, the studio, Disney/Miramax, insisted on quick reshoots and reedits. In the end, 45 minutes were cut from the film, new scenes were shot and 25 minutes of new footage were added, along with additional voice-over to streamline the narrative.

But finally, through god or Oprah or some sympathetic YouTuber close to the director or studio, the infamous kissing scene found its way online. It was posted a few months ago but wasn't noticed by fans until this week. Being raw footage, the picture quality is almost as poor as that of the heavily-Vaseline-blurred RuPaul's Drag Race: The Lost Season. Still, it's a poignant scene that I'm sad didn't make it into the same film I watched as a struggling teenager. 

Worth the wait? Would this scene have made it into a similar big budget, mainstream Hollywood film in 2013, Instincters?





OMG! This movie made me love Ryan!!!!

Would be interesting to see the film restored to it's original form. If nothing else, this deletion should remind us of how far we've come.

The kissing scene between Breckin Meyer and Ryan Phillippe should have been left in the movie! I do understand the difference though between 1998 and 2013. It would have been more accepted now then it would have been back then.

Sad,because it was a tender moment, and so natural; sweet, best Ryan sinse 'Gosford Park' BUT the kiss scene was done years before in 1981 in Paramounts, 'Making Love' with Harry Hamlin and Michael Keaton, and the audience screamed in shock; and yelled like animals here on 34thstreet; what a wonderful movie, with Wendy Hiller, and Kate Jackson,

Except it was Michael Ontkean, not Michael Keaton

wie kan mij deze scene toesturen?

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