JACK Whitehall will act a huge coming out scene in Disney’s upcoming Jungle Cruise film – but the word “gay” will not be mentioned, it’s reported.
News of the touching tableau has angered some members of the LGBT community, who say filmmakers are “tiptoeing” around the subject.
Jack Whitehall, left, comes out as gay to his co-star Dwayne Johnson in the upcoming Jungle Cruise movie[/caption]
The British comic, 30, plays a “fun, effete” young man in the forthcoming blockbuster, co-starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, 46, and Emily Blunt, 35.
The Walt Disney Pictures movie — due for release next year — is set in the 19th century.
In the film, Jack’s character McGregor makes clear his sexuality during a heart-to-heart with co-star Dwayne, according to TMZ.
McGregor reportedly explains to Dwayne’s character, Frank, that his family had tried arranging marriages for him with several women but he wasn’t interested in any of them – or any other woman.
Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson with co-star Emily Blunt on the set of Jungle Cruise[/caption]
Emily Blunt, who plays McGregor’s sister Lily is said to be the only one who understands him[/caption]
A source told TMZ that the touching scene was well-received at a test screening last week – but viewers were surprised that the scene avoids using the word “gay”.
The entertainment site also claims that Emily Blunt’s lead character – McGregor’s sister Lily – is the only member of their family who accepts him for who he is.
Jack’s casting as Disney’s first gay character attracted backlash from the LGBT community in August, with many upset that a gay actor wasn’t picked for the role.
But the actor shared his excitement about the film, posting on Instagram: “I’m so honoured to be part of this epic adventure – @disneysjunglecruise.
“Filming is underway and I am having the time of my life with my amazing co stars. It’s so cool to be part of something of this scale and also as possibly one of the biggest Disney nerds on the planet so exciting to be working on a project with this much history.”
The film is based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a riverboat takes travellers through a dangerous jungle.
Currently filming in Los Angeles, the movie is set to be one of the biggest productions of 2020.
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Disney plans to develop it as a franchise following its billion-dollar Pirates Of The Caribbean series.
It’s not yet known whether the coming out scene will make the final cut of Jungle Cruise, but people have been quick to air their views on the matter online.
One TMZ reader posted: “I wish they’d stop tiptoeing around the and just make full on gay movies where the entire cast is gay.”
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