What the Cast of 'Kids' Are Doing 20 Years Later

Rest in peace Harold Hunter.

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For many, Larry Clark’s Kids was startling in its compelling storyline and the controversial film raised up concerns about the HIV epidemic, as well as juvenile delinquency. This month marks the 20th anniversary of the feature film and The New York Times has taken the liberty of profiling where the cast are now. Furthermore, the publication gives insight on what the actors were doing before the film and provides their most memorable scenes. Head over to The New York Times to learn more about it and enjoy the excerpt below.

Harold Hunter

Role

Harold, one of the skaters perched like gargoyles in Washington Square Park, smoking marijuana, shouting anti-gay slurs and participating in a mob beating.

Before “Kids”

Raised in the East Village, Mr. Hunter was well known in the skating world when he was cast. As with Mr. Pierce, his character was written for him. “A lot of the feel and essence of that movie is him,” Mr. Korine said. “He was just completely fearless. He worked the street, performing, trying to pick up girls or get clothes.”

After “Kids”

In 2006, Mr. Hunter died of a cocaine-induced heart attack at 31. “Harold told me on the L train that we were going to get married,” Ms. Dawson said. “He lived right down the block from me, and he died in the same place. It’s very sad. But legends never die.”

Memorable Scene

One night, the gang breaks into a closed swimming pool, and Harold, clad only in sagging briefs, hushes the group and gyrates so that his private parts make fleshy slapping noises. “Harold stole that scene,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said. “I’m almost positive that it was written into the script that he did that, but those sound effects aren’t fake.” The scene also broke the ice among the young, nervous actors. “That was when we started gelling,” he added.

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