Christoph Waltz & Alexander Skarsgård gay kiss cut from The Legend of Tarzan
From Independence Day to Star Trek Beyond, a number of this year’s blockbusters have been upping the LGBT inclusivity we see on the big screen. One film, however, ultimately decided to delete a gay kiss from its final cut; The Legend of Tarzan.
The scene, which was filmed but ended up on the cutting room floor, would have shown the evil Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz) kissing an unconscious Tarzan (Skarsgård), before turning to Jane (Margot Robbie) and uttering “Your husband’s wildness disturbs me more than I can even express”.
Yet director David Yates has explained that while the kiss was cut for being ‘too much’, the line has stayed in the film:
“We pared it back because it was almost too much. It was this really odd, odd moment when Christoph kisses him”, he told The Times.
“We loved it at the time”, Yates added, “But early test audiences were perplexed by it and in the end it just felt too clever and overworked.”
Perhaps the unedited scene will eventually emerge in an extended director’s cut of the film, a la Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice…
The Legend of Tarzan is in cinemas across the UK now.