Tarzan’s Gay Kiss Misses Film’s Final Cut

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A gay kiss between the two male stars of The Legend of Tarzan — Alexander Skarsgård’s Tarzan and Christoph Waltz’s Rom — failed to escape the clutches of the cutting-room floor, the Times reports. We’re in mourning, too.

Director David Yates told the Times he took painstaking effort not to “[fall] into the trap of what Tarzan represented to some people.” If that includes writing a scene in which the film’s villain (Waltz), overcome by the rugged “wildness” of the film’s title character, steals a kiss from an unconscious Tarzan (Skarsgård), we’re all for it.

But according to Yates, the aforementioned scene missed the film’s final cut because, “test audiences were perplexed by it.”

“We pared it back because it was almost too much,” says Yates.“It was this really odd, odd moment when Christoph kisses him. We loved it at the time. But early test audiences were perplexed by it and in the end it just felt too clever and overworked.”

Leave it to a gay kiss to be “too clever” for test audiences. Regardless, The Legend of Tarzan leaves little to the imagination in light of Tarzan’s almost troubling lack of clothes, but we’re not here to ask questions. In the meantime, cross your fingers for a gayer Director’s Cut.

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