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Alexander Skarsgard’s gay kiss was cut out of The Legend of Tarzan

Joseph McCormick July 9, 2016

A gay kiss between Alexander Skarsgard and Christoph Waltz was cut from The Legend of Tarzan, the film’s director has revealed.

Director David Yates said the scene between the two actors’ characters was demmed “too clever and overworked” by test audiences.

In the scene which has been deleted from the film, Waltz’s character Rom said to Margot Robbie’s Jane character “Your husband’s wildness disturbs me more than I can even express.”

He then bends down to kiss Tarzan.

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Yates says: “We pared it back because it was almost too much. 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.”

Skarsgard earlier this week opened up about filming gay sex scenes, saying actors who may be nervous about playing a gay character on screen should “just embrace it”.

Talking about gay sex scenes in True Blood, he recalls speaking to actor Theo Alexander, who played the gay lover of Denis O’Hare’s character Russell Edgington, who “had never kissed a guy before”.

The advice from Skarsgard? He said: “Look at the scene. It’s this nemesis and he comes in and then it gets seductive and you think they’re gonna make love and it gets into that and then suddenly my character stabs him in the back and he explodes. In two minutes, look at this emotional rollercoaster we’re taking the audience on. If we commit to this, it’s going to be an amazing scene and we’re going to be very happy with it forever. If we hold back, that’s when it gets awkward.”

Of whether he will portray a queer character on screen again, Skarsgard says he would, but: “Next time I get drunk, probably.”

The latest in a string of bizarre porn parodies, the Legend of Tarzan film now has the honour despite having only been released a week ago.

Earlier this year, Skarsgård decided to tease those who are eagerly awaiting his eagerly-anticipated turn as Tarzan by arriving at the recent MTV Movie Awards minus his trousers.

Skarsgård turned heads at the première of The Diary of A Teenage Girl, when he showed up on the red carpet in full drag – leaving the world impressed, but also a little confused.

The actor has previously spoken out in support of the LGBT community, claiming “that every human being has equal value and to bully someone or for society to discriminate against someone because they have a different sexual orientation is unacceptable.”

More: Alexander Skarsgård, gay sex scene, Hollywood, legend of tarzan

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