Daniella Pineda's lesbian reveal scene was cut out of 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'
Pineda plays the role of a paleo-veterinarian who initially shared a scene with Chris Pratt where her character reveals to him that she's gay, they cut it out due to lack of time'
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is a brilliant movie, supposedly, but the 130-minute long feature apparently could not make time for Daniella Pineda's brief scene revealing her paleo-veterinarian character in the film to be gay. As per her latest interview, the scene could not make the final cut of the film it was running too long.
Spoiler alert, but speaking to Yahoo, Daniella shared how initially a scene was filmed where she and Chris Pratt's character were traveling in a vehicle and the original scene had her character make a remark about her sexuality.
“I look at Chris and I’m like: ‘Yeah, square jaw, good bone structure, tall, muscles,’” she said. “‘I don’t date men, but if I did, it would be you. It would gross me out, but I’d do it.’ I love that I’m looking at Chris Pratt, the hottest guy in the world, and I’m like, ‘It would gross me out, but I guess I would do it!’ It was also cool because it was a little insight into my character. But they cut it.”
And why was the cut made for this particular scene? Director JA Bayona and writer Colin Trevorrow — who had conceived the scene — decided to take it out “for the sake of time” as it “wasn’t relevant to the story” which was originally 160 minutes long.
But what's more shocking to know is that such an incident of cutting a gay reference from this big a film hasn't happened for the first time in the history of movies.
Just last year, Tessa Thompson shared how a scene in 'Thor: Ragnarok' alluded, well, almost confirmed that her character is bisexual, but then wasn't in the final cut because it apparently distracted from some “vital exposition.” Again, back in 2016, John Cho revealed that a kiss between his character and his boyfriend in "Star Trek: Beyond" was also cut off from the final movie.
Back in May, Glaad’s Studio Responsibility Index for Hollywood showed that in 2017, out of all the all the major studios, only 14 films features characters from the LGBTQ community.
“Record-breaking films like "Black Panther" and "Wonder Woman" prove that not only does inclusion make for great stories, inclusion is good for the bottom line,” Glaad’s president and CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, said.
“It is time for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) stories to be included in this conversation and in this movement.” Glaad's new target was to showcase LGBTQ characters in 20 percent of studio films, by 2021 and 50 percent of them by 2024.
As for "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom", the movie has received mixed reviews with just a 59 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. So far it has made over $372m at the global box office, and its US release on 22 June is predicted to open around $140m.