Star Trek Beyond has been the headlines a lot lately. And despite gaining reviews which place it higher than Star Trek Into Darkness, much of the headlines revolve around the revelation that John Cho's character Sulu has been revealed as a gay man. Celebrities near and far to the franchise have weighed in on the subject, including the likes of Zachary Quinto and Sulu originator George Takei. But despite all the conversations, it turns out that Sulu's sexuality might not be factoring into the narrative of Star Trek Beyond much at all.
While Sulu will still be played as a gay man, and will have both a husband and young daughter, some important scenes got left on the cutting room floor. Namely, the scene where Sulu and his husband kissed was recently cut. John Cho revealed this during a recent interview with Vulture, where he also explained what it was like to film such an intimate scene.
There was a kiss that I think is not there anymore.
They cut it?
That's too bad.
It wasn't like a make-out session. We're at the airport with our daughter. It was a welcome-home kiss. I'm actually proud of that scene, because it was pretty tough. Obviously, I just met the kid, and then Doug is not an actor. I just wanted that to look convincingly intimate. We're two straight guys and had to get to a very loving, intimate place. It was hard to do on the fly. We had to open up. It came off well, in my view.
Well this sucks. After all of the controversy surrounding Sulu's sexuality, it turns out that he and his partner don't even share an intimate moment during Star Trek Beyond.
Of course, there are a lot of factors which may have contributed to the scene being cut. For one, there is presumably a lot of action to cover during Star Trek Beyond's runtime. So while the folks behind the franchise chose to be more inclusive of the queer community, the kiss scene may just not have been as interesting as other moments in the action-packed adventure. Rather, it may have seemed a bit forced- like the kiss came out of nowhere in regards to the overall arc of the film.
Additionally, the scene may simply not have been performed super well. John Cho detailed how nerve-wracking and semi-awkward the whole ordeal was, so it's possible that the actors' discomfort translated to the film. If chemistry between two characters isn't there, it can be quite hard for a romantic scene to look good, especially on the big screen.
Of course, this is all speculation. We may have to wait until Star Trek Beyond is available for home viewing before we can finally judge the scene for ourselves. The movie is in theaters now.