Scott Mescudi stars as Benny in “Need for Speed”

Scott Mescudi stars as Benny in “Need for Speed”

*Rapper Kid Cudi makes his feature film debut next month in the high-octane thriller “Need for Speed.” It’s based on the popular Electronic Arts video game series, but DreamWorks says the film takes on the tone of 70s car-culture movies.

“Breaking Bad” actor Aaron Paul stars as Tobey Marshall, a small-time street racer who signs up for a New York-to-Los Angeles race to get revenge after he’s framed for the death of his friend Pete.

Cudi plays Benny, a member of Tobey’s crew who doubles as a car detailer at Tobey’s auto shop. He’s also a helicopter pilot in the Army reserves, literally swooping in when needed to help Tobey get out of some rough spots during the race.

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Cudi, who uses his birth name Scott Mescudi in Hollywood, got to experience his flying stunts first-hand, having to act while airborne in “two different helicopters and one Cessna plane.”

He said it was “nerve-wracking,” but had no choice to “embrace it.” Listen below.

“Need for Speed” flies into theaters on March 14. Watch the trailer below.