Test audiences for Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” film shared that the movie, as of now, omits the word "gay" when Jack Whitehall's character, McGregor, comes out to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character.
The first gay Disney film supporting character credit goes to “Le Fou,” played by Josh Gad, of the 2017 live-action remake of “Beauty and the Beast.”
Rumors of a gay character caused “Beauty and the Beast” to be “shelved in Kuwait and Malaysia, to be given a stricter rating in Russian theaters and to be boycotted by one Alabama drive-in,” USA Today reported. It later turned out the role was so minor it was easy to miss.
In the “Jungle Cruise” coming out scene, McGregor explains to "Frank" that his family tried arranging marriages for him with several women, but he didn't desire to marry any of them - or any woman, for that matter.
McGregor goes on to say that Blunt's character, his sister Lily, was the only one in his family to accept and support him regardless of the "person" he loves.
The scene was well-received by test audiences, but the key omission of a specific gender to describe McGregor's sexual preference struck as glaring in the scene’s context, TMZ reported.
The film is a period piece, which may inform the character’s reluctance to be more direct about his sexuality, The Advocate noted.