Another gay character left on the cutting room floor.
For some reason, even in 2018, Hollywood is shy about adding anything more than a hint of the LGBT spectrum in their blockbusters, save the off-beat Deadpool 2 in which a lesbian couple played a big part.
But in this year's Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom there was supposed to be an on-screen reveal about Daniella Pineda's character, paleo-veterinarian Zia Rodriguez, and her sexuality. That scene was left on the editing room floor according to Yahoo News.
Pineda exposed this bit of information about her character at the Build Series Studio back in June. She said although the detail “wasn’t relevant to the story, it was a little glimmer into who she is."
Director of Fallen Kingdom JA Bayona confirmed that the scene was shot, but had to be dumped due to length.
“The whole thing came as a surprise to us," he said. "We always thought of Zia as lesbian. And then the scene where she was actually talking about it… it was a very long scene and it broke the pace of the whole movie so we decided to cut it."
Directors often have to make these types of decisions when it comes to their work, but it seems to happen to a lot of gay characters in films. Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Beauty and the Beast are just a few big names that have buried the sexuality of its characters.
Bayona says that in his film "what was important was that the role is in the movie and what she is representing is totally there in the film.” That explanation seems to imply that for whatever reason her sexuality is known but never identified.
The next film in the series is supposed to land in theaters in 2021 and hopefully, in that movie, Zia will have evolved out of the closet to be a fully fleshed-out character instead of making the audience do the guesswork.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is now available on Digital HD and Blu-Ray.