The King of Staten Island Helped Pete Davidson Process his Pain
While he might be famous for his multiple love affairs with the who’s who of Hollywood, there is a completely opposite side to Pete Davidson. In his latest film, The King of Staten Island, he addresses his traumas.
At the age of 20, Pete Davidson became the youngest cast member of SNL.
Although he started stand-up comedy at an early age, it was his earliest TV appearances which became the foundation for Pete Davidson. He has appeared in shows like Guy Code, Comedy Central’s Gotham Comedy Live as well as Netflix’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine. However, it was his addition to SNL which gained him popularity. In 2014, Davidson became the youngest cast member of the show. After that, he played a small role in Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck. In 2020, Pete Davidson, his best friend, Dave Sirus, and Judd Apatow wrote his semi-biography, The King of Staten Island. Apart from Davidson, the cast includes Marisa Tomei, Bel Powley, Maude Apatow, Bill Burr, and Steve Buscemi.
Through The King of Staten Island, Pete Davidson was able to process his pain.
At the age of seven, he lost his father who was a firefighter during the 9/11 service. This loss was extremely traumatic for him and had a great impact on his life. The film, The King of Staten Island, is based on Davidson’s life. While talking about it, he said:
“It’s pretty transparent as I could be. We really wanted to follow this family and tragedy and how it affected them. And we wanted to show how you could overcome tragedy through life experiences. So, I think we kept it pretty much—everything that I wanted to do I got to do.”
Furthermore, he said:
“I think when you’re able to share a story like this at this magnitude and with so many people, it really allowed me to be as open and honest as I could be and it helped me deal with a lot of my personal demons. his was something, one of the goals for this film was to allow me to put my past behind me and I think we were able to do that.”
The King of Staten Island was released digitally via video on demand on 12th June.