The latest live-action adaptation of a classic Disney park ride made waves online earlier this year when it was announced that the film would have Disney’s first openly gay character, played by Jack Whitehall. The House of Mouse held a Jungle Cruise advanced screening last week, and TMZ reports that in the film, Whitehall’s character, McGregor, comes out, but actually never uses the word “gay.”
“We’re told, at one point, McGregor has a heart-to-heart with The Rock’s lead character, Frank, about dating history,” TMZ reports. “And McGregor makes it very clear he isn’t into ladies. Keep in mind, this flick isn’t set in modern times.”
In the scene McGregor explains to Frank that his family tried to arrange marriage for him, but he didn’t want to marry any of the bachelorettes—or any woman, really. He goes onto say Lily (his sister, played by Emily Blunt), was the only one to accept him.
“We’re told the scene was well-received by the audience, but the glaring omission of a pronoun to describe McGregor’s love interest did not go unnoticed,” according to TMZ.
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Soul.. she’s got it. As our production of the epic Disney’s JUNGLE CRUISE comes to an end – I’m a lucky SOB to have the incomparable one, Emily Blunt as my partner in crime, doin’ time on this boundless & wild journey. This is truly, the adventure of a lifetime. #LittleDittyBoutFrankAndLily #OnAndOn #DISNEY #JUNGLECRUISE 🚢🌴🗺❤️ (via @therock) 📷: @hhgarcia41