Ask any gay man of a certain age and he knows the first time he saw Ryan Phillippe drop his towel poolside in the 1999 cinematic classic Cruel Intentions to expose his butt. hey’ll also tell you that it was a huge moment of awakening for them. Like, the moment they knew they were gay.
If you, ya know … need reminding, here’s the scene in full.
Turns out that it’s not only gay men who know how much Ryan Phillippe’s butt means them — Phillippe is in on it, too. On Thursday, Entertainment Weekly revealed an oral history of Cruel Intentions featuring Phillippe, as well as Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Selma Blair and other of the film’s stars and creators, Phillippe acknowledges that his ass did, in fact, cause you to be gay.
“I felt okay with [showing] my butt,” Phillippe told Weekly. “Everybody has a butt, it’s really not that graphic. 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!’ Which I never did.”
Of course, Phillippe’s butt isn’t the only queer aspect of Cruel Intentions. In the oral history, Blair and Gellar also talk about their infamous kiss, which landed them an MTV Movie Award for best kiss.
Here’s the kiss, also just for reference!
“I’d never kissed a girl before. I remember I was like, ‘What if I really am a horrible kisser?’” Blair says. “My mother, after seeing it for the first time, told me, ‘Honestly, Selma, did you have to use so much tongue? That poor Sarah, she looks so delicate, and then you just have that Goliath in her mouth.’”
Gellar adds that she could “kiss Selma all day.”
“Her skin was so soft,” Gellar says. “My skin is really sensitive, so when I kiss on camera a lot, it gets raw.”
If you’re so inclined to watch, there are plenty of places to rent and stream Cruel Intentions online.