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Disney’s Jungle Cruise will feature coming out scene, but not mention ‘gay’

Disney’s Jungle Cruise will feature coming out scene, but not mention ‘gay’

New Disney film Jungle Cruise will feature the first official gay character, as well as a coming out scene. But it won’t mention the word ‘gay’ or even male pronouns for his love interest.

According to TMZ, a test screening of the film took place last week, with an official release scheduled for 24 July 2020.


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During the test screening, McGregor (Jack Whitehall) comes out to Frank (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson).

McGregor apparently makes it very clear he’s not interested in women, explaining his family tried to arrange several opposite-sex marriages.

He also reveals his sister Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) knows he’s not interested in women and supports him regardless of the ‘person’ he loves.

The source then said there was no mention of male pronouns or the word ‘gay’ to address his sexuality, simply a rejection of women.

It’s unclear whether this will be the final version of Jungle Cruise.

Is it OK to play gay?

Earlier reports of the gay character said Jack Whitehall would play him as ‘very camp’.

As a result, some members of the LGBTI community weren’t happy a straight actor was playing a stereotypical gay character.

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Jack Whitehall. | Photo: Instagram

Gay actor Russel Tovey weighed in on the debate and said he thought it’s OK for Whitehall to play a gay character.

‘If you’re an actor, you’re an actor,’ Tovey said in an interview with The Telegraph.

He then added: ‘The whole thing with Jack playing a gay character… I’m like, just let him act.’

A survey then found 70% of British people believe playing gay characters is fine for straight actors.

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Russell Tovey defends Jack Whitehall for playing gay: ‘Just let him act’