07/12/2016 11:58 EDT | Updated 07/12/2016 11:59 EDT

Director Of New 'Tarzan' Film Cuts Out Gay Scene Because It Was 'Odd'

The director of the new summer blockbuster "The Legend of Tarzan" recently revealed he cut a gay scene from the film.

Speaking to the U.K.'s The Times, David Yates said he wasn't sure how the audience would respond to a scene where actor Christoph Waltz kisses Tarzan (played by Alexander Skarsgard), The Sydney Morning Herald reports.

“We pared it back because it was almost too much. It was this really odd, odd moment when Christoph kisses him," Yates said in his interview with The Times.

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While the film is a typical love story between Jane (played by Australian actress Margot Robbie) and Tarzan, the new installment of the film also posed the idea of a love interest between Tarzan and villain Captain Leon Rom (Waltz).

According to Gay Buzzer, in the original scene, Rom kisses an unconscious Tarzan and tells Jane, "Your husband’s wildness disturbs me more than I can even express."

"We loved it at the time," Yates said, "but early test audiences were perplexed by it and in the end it just felt too clever and overworked."

On Twitter, some people questioned Yates' decision.

While others were quick to point out some of the homophobic comments following the news.

Recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced it would double the number of women and people of colour in their membership by 2020, a small step in being more diverse in Hollywood.

But according to a 2015 study by the University of Southern California, LGBT people are "virtually non-existent" in mainstream movies and television, Pink News reports. For example, only 0.4 per cent of leading characters in mainstream TV and film were gay.

"Legend of Tarzan" is currently playing in theatres across North America.


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