The film 54 starring Ryan Phillippe, Salma Hayek, Breckin Meyer and Mike Myers was originally supposed to be a lot more gay than the version that hit theaters in 1998.
That is evidenced in part by a scene from film left on the cutting room floor that features Phillippe and Meyer sharing a kiss. Poor quality video of the scene surfaced on YouTube this week (see video below).
The film chronicled the rise and fall of the famed NYC hotspot of the 1970s called 54 where everyone from Liza Minnelli to Andy Warhol partied regularly.
Phillippe’s character is bisexual in writer-director Mark Christopher’s version and Meyer’s character also seems ready to dabble in some man-on-man action.
But after seeing it, the studio ordered additional scenes be shot to beef up a relationship between Phillippe’s character and a soap actress played by Neve Campbell.
In 2008, the Outfest Film Festival in Los Angeles held a so-called ‘secret screening’ of Christopher’s original version with the bisexuality of Phillippe’s character left intact.
Phillippe had played a gay character before on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live. After 54, he went on to star in such films as Cruel Intentions, Stop-Loss, and Flag of Our Fathers.
Meyer currently stars in the hit TNT legal drama Franklin & Bash.