John McNaughton, director of 1998 cult classic Wild Things has opened up about a homoerotic shower scene that ended up getting cut from the script.
Those of you who have seen the film will undoubtedly be familiar with Kevin Bacon‘s full-frontal scene, where Matt Dillon walks in on him stepping out of the shower.
But according to McNaughton Dillon was supposed to do more than just hand him a towel.
Marking the film’s 25th anniversary, McNaughton spoke to Yahoo Entertainment, “In the original version of the scene, Matt walks into his bathroom to take a shower and there’s Kevin. They were supposed to look each other up and down and then wham — go at it.”
But before cameras rolled, one actor – McNaughton doesn’t specify which – made it clear he didn’t want to film that scene, and so that plot twist was never included.
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“I love surprise, and I love stuff that I don’t see coming,” he says. “But in that moment it was like ‘You win some, you lose some; we’re moving on.'”
However, previous interviews with the actors make it very clear which actor had the issue.
Kevin Bacon previously reported that it was the film’s “financiers” that didn’t approve of the gay sex, telling Total Film:
“Matt was gonna climb in the shower with me! I thought it was great because the whole movie is about secrets coming out, right? As reveals go, that one was just huge. Unfortunately, the financiers didn’t like the idea of men making out. They felt it went too far. They felt it wasn’t right.”
However, Dillon confirmed rumours that it was him who rejected the scene. Also speaking to Total Film, they asked: So did you want to make out with Kev in the shower?
“No, I didn’t! Man, I was relieved when they got rid of that scene. Kevin seemed pretty attached to it, though!”
He added, “One twist too many, man, one twist too many. Kevin’s a married man. I’m wondering why he was so eager to do the gay scene?”
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