CANNES – Is the world ready for its first animated gay Viking?
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” sure hopes so.
“How to Train Your Dragon 2” opened at the Cannes Film Festival last week with its stars in tow, a big party on the beach, and a life-sized Toothless the Dragon hanging out for photo ops with reporters.
The sequel to its $500 million blockbuster predecessor has a lot to prove, with the kid movie’s star Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) now a young man, and the Vikings vs. dragons conceit of “Dragons 1” rendered effectively moot as the dragons and Vikings have become best of pals.
But not even writer/director Dean DeBlois was able to cook up one of the new movie’s most surprising twists.
Gobber is gay.
“It wasn’t that deliberate. It was an ad-lib that Craig Ferguson added,” DeBlois told FOX411.( The talk show host is the voice of Gobber in the film). “I’d written the line ‘This is why I never married.’ And then he had tagged that on to it.”
Ferguson tagged on ‘That, and one other reason,” seemingly a reference to gay marriage, which has only recently become legal in several states.
“And we all started chuckling and said that’s right, Gobber’s coming out in this movie,” DuBois laughed. “I just love that about Craig. He’s always got just a little extra something for you. I think it’s nice. It’s progressive, it’s honest, and it feels good, so we wanted to keep it.”
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