Talked about quite a bit in the promotional run-up to the film’s release, David Yates’ “The Legend of Tarzan” ended up being very light on one thing that was promised – jungle sex. In fact beyond some steamy kisses and looks, and one seduction scene involving mating calls, the film’s Tarzan and Jane keep it quite chaste on screen.
Out doing promotional rounds for the film, Yates says they deliberately cut down on the sexual graphicness in favor of something more emotional and sensual: “I liked the idea that they could have great sex, and that it could get quite primal. The cut we ended up with was more muted, and more sensual instead, even though we did touch upon those primal desires.”
At the same time, Yates reveals to Yahoo UK that he cut out another kiss scene altogether – but not between Skarsgard and Robbie, but rather Skarsgard and the film’s villain played by Christoph Waltz.
In the scene Tarzan is unconscious and Waltz’s character planted one on him. Yates says: “We pared it back because it was almost too much. It was this really odd, odd moment when Christoph kisses him. We loved it at the time. But early test audiences were perplexed by it and in the end it just felt too clever and overworked.”