Avengers star Chris Evans praised Pixar for restoring Lightyear’s same-sex kiss in a new interview.
On 17 June, the highly anticipated film is expected to debut in a majority of theatres worldwide.
The movie, which stars Evans as Buzz Lightyear, is set to explore the adventurous origin story of the beloved Space Ranger.
The new film is also expected to feature an array of new characters, including Buzz’s openly queer best friend and commanding officer, Alisha Hawthorne (Uzo Aduba).
But what sets the project apart from other Disney films is the inclusion of Pixar’s first same-sex kiss.
The brief moment, which was cut but later restored, is set to occur between Aduba’s character and her partner.
In an interview with Variety, Evans opened up about Pixar restoring the aforementioned kiss.
“I mean, it’s great. As great as it is – and you know, I’ve been asked the question a few times – it’s nice, and it’s wonderful, it makes me happy,” he revealed.
The Knives Out star then expressed his hopes for the future regarding LGBTQ+ representation in Disney and Pixar films.
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“It’s tough to not be a little frustrated that it even has to be a topic of discussion. That it is this kind of ‘news,'” he explained.
“The goal is that we can get to a point where it is the norm, and that this doesn’t have to be some uncharted waters, that eventually this is just the way it is.
“That representation across the board is how we make films. Look, it’s an honour to be a part of something that is taking those steps, but the goal is to look back on this time and just be shocked that it took us this long to get there.”
Evans’ statement comes a day after multiple countries banned the upcoming film over its LGBTQ+ content.
According to Reuters, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Lebanon are just some of the 14 territories that have blocked the film.
Even with the recent pushback over the film’s LGBTQ+ scene, Lightyear producer Galyn Susman revealed that the film would not undergo any last-minute changes.
“We’re not going to cut out anything, especially something as important as the loving and inspirational relationship that shows Buzz what he’s missing by the choices that he’s making, so that’s not getting cut,” she told Reuters during the premiere.