Pete Davidson on the 'closure' The King of Staten Island gave him

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Pete Davidson has spoken candidly about the 'closure' he was given by doing Judd Apatow's new movie The King of Staten Island.

The comedian portrays a guy named Scott who's battling mental health issues and struggling with his father's passing, but the role actually mirrors Pete's own personal life.

During the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Pete lost his firefighter father when he was just 7 years old, and he recently told Sky News' Backstage podcast about his motivations behind joining the film.

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"As someone who's open with struggles and issues, I think I'm always learning and growing. Making this film allowed me to grow more as a person," he shared.

"One of the main reasons why I wanted to make this [film] and tell this story was because I wanted this chapter in my life to be closed.

"Not forgotten, but I wanted to be able to move on and show that it's OK to have issues and it's OK to struggle, and that you're not alone and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel."

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Meanwhile, director Apatow praised Davidson for opening himself up to the filmmaking experience.

"It's always very exciting to collaborate with someone that wants to go all the way, because most people don't. It's rare that somebody says, 'No, I'm going to share everything with you'."

The King of Staten Island is now streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

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