Disney’s “Jungle Cruise” hits Disney+ Premier Access and cinemas on Friday 30th July and in the film, there is an important scene, where Jack Whitehall’s character McGregor discusses the love of his life while having a drink with Dwayne Johnson’s character Frank. Making it one of the first LGBTQ scenes in a major Disney live action film.
While in this scene, they don’t use the word “gay,” McGregor says he broke off three engagements with women because his “interests happily lay elsewhere.” There is also a moment in the film where he says that he would do anything for his sister Lily (Emily Blunt), because she was the only one who “stood by” him while he was shunned by family and friends because of who he “loved.”
During a recent press event, Dwayne and Jack were asked how important it was that they got it right and shared some details on filming it. Dwayne Johnson said:
I’m gonna, um, let me take this really quickly, Jack. And then of course Jack has something, uh, uh… really, I felt that the scene was really exactly what it was, which was two men talking about what they loved and who they loved. And it was as simple as that, and we were sharing a drink.
With Jack Whitehall adding:
Yeah, I think it was a scene that we really wanted to get right, and, um, I think to what Emily was talking about earlier, I think what’s so great about this movie is that all of the characters feel so fleshed out, and all of them have, y-you know, interesting backstories and-and are fully realized. And, uh, you know, in a lot of movies of this kind of genre sometimes, you’d have characters that are a little bit kinda two-dimensional. But I think it’s so great that we get to understand so much about each of these characters, and they all have reasons for being where they are, and, uh, you know, interesting and rich textured backstories. And-and it-and it makes you invested in them, and it makes you care about them. And it makes you, um, really on that journey with them.
“Jungle Cruise” is available on Disney+ Premier Access now and in cinemas.