Actor Jeremy Irons has answered the pressing question many fans of the Disney hit The Lion King for years, namely whether or not the evil Uncle Scar he voiced was gay. The 73-year-old Oscar winner gave the definitive answer in an interview with the website today Qeerty about his new movie House of Gucci.
Irons spoke in The Lion King in 1994 the role of Scar, the lion who kills his brother and then chases his nephew away. The animation film was a worldwide hit; a digitally animated remake and a musical followed. “When I voiced Scar, it never occurred to me that he might be gay,” said the acclaimed actor.
But when Irons saw the film again, it became completely clear to him. “There is no doubt that Scar is a gay who does not dare to come out and that makes him very unhappy,” confirms the actor. “The story would have been very different if he had done that. Then he would probably have become happy with a nice partner somewhere and he would have completely forgotten to take over the monarchy, as he does now.”
The film owed its success in part to the iconic songs written by Tim Rice and Elton John, such as Hakuna matata, Can you feel the love tonight and Circle of life.
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