Gus Kenworthy Had a Gay Kiss in '80 for Brady' — But You Won't See It

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Saturday February 11, 2023
Originally published on February 8, 2023

Gus Kenworthy
Gus Kenworthy  (Source:Gus Kenworthy/Instagram)

Openly gay athlete Gus Kenworthy filmed a gay kiss for the movie "80 for Brady" — which seems fitting, since the movie stars LGBTQ+ icon Lily Tomlin and allies (with big gay followings) Jane Fonda, Sally Field, and Rita Moreno, not to mention none other than Billy Porter.

But you won't see that big-screen snog between Kenworthy and Brian Jordan Alvarez, who plays his boyfriend in the movie, because, Kenworthy told Variety, it was sheared out of the finished film.

"They said they had to cut it for time," Kenworthy told Variety's Marc Malkin of the film, which weighs in at only 98 minutes. "But I think they cut it for Middle America."

Kenworthy described the filming of the kiss, which took several takes... and involved the actors going with the flow. "They used the script for one take, but then we did it like four or [five] times where we would just ad-lib insults at each other and then make out," the out Olympic silver medalist said.

The ad-libbing between the two extended to their kissing performance.

"Some of them got raunchy," Kenworthy said of the various takes. Then referring to the prospect of an extended cut, he added: "Release the tapes! See if you can get that trending."

Kenworthy has kept a high profile since coming out, including a turn on reality competition show "Special Forces: World's Toughest Test," Variety noted. He's also appeared in various television shows, including "Will & Grace" and prolific out producer Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story," and has said he'd like to be the lead in a rom-com.

"I've been taking classes and auditioning a lot," Kenworthy told Malkin. "I've been writing, and I have a couple of things in development."

He also let slip he's writing a book "about my life and my different experiences. It lends itself to the larger theme of being in the closet and coming out and persevering, but told through short anecdotal stories. Kind of like a David Sedaris-type book."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.