One important detail was cut from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and it has people talking.
As actress Daniella Pineda revealed during a recent chat at Build Series Studio, her character's sexual orientation was removed from the film. Originally, director J.A. Bayona and producer Colin Trevorrow wrote a scene in which Dr. Zia Rodriguez shared she was a lesbian.
"I look at Chris and I’m like: 'Yeah, square jaw, good bone structure, tall, muscles,'" Pineda explained. "'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."
According to Pineda, Bayona and Trevorrow cut the scene due to time constraints.
"Originally the cut was two hours and 40 minutes, and they were like, 'This is too long,'" the actress told Yahoo!, adding that it wasn't "relevant to the story, but it was a little glimmer into who she is."
The "de-queering" of characters in large franchises has been a recurring issue in the last several years. As The Advocate points out, Tessa Thompson's Valkyrie from Thor: Ragnarok originally had a scene in which a woman is seen exiting her bedroom.
Fans of the franchise had mixed feelings about the revelation. Some took issue with the scene's removal, while many were thrilled at the prospect of a LGBTQ character being introduced to the story at all.
On the bright side, we could see more of Zia's love life in future Jurassic films.
"I’d like to see more of that," Pineda told Yahoo! of increased representation. "Especially in big-ass movies!"