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‘How to Train Your Dragon 2’: Sequel reveals a gay character

Craig Ferguson attends the 20th Television Party hosted by Craig Ferguson at the Glass Houses on February 27, 2014 in New York City.
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A character in the animated sequel “How to Train Your Dragon 2” makes a subtle revelation in the new film. As the New York Daily News reports on Friday, the burly Viking Gobber, voiced by comedian Criag Ferguson, comes out as gay in a nonchalant way.

Gobber is the right-hand man to Berk tribal chief Stoick the Vast voiced by Gerard Butler. In the scene, the burly Viking is watching a husband and wife bickering and as he witnesses the back and fourth between the couple, he mentions it being a reason why he never got married. He follows that up by saying that there is another reason, hinting at his sexuality.

Although it may not be seen as a clear coming out scene, the film’s openly gay director and writer Dean DeBlois confirmed that it was a very subtle hint that Gobber is indeed gay. He also revealed in an interview with E! News at the Cannes Film Festival that Ferguson did a bit of ad lib in the scene.

He told E! News, “When we were recording Craig Ferguson, I had written the line, ‘This is why I never got married,’ and he, as he often does, added it as an ad lib and he said, ‘Yup, Gobber is coming out of the closet’. I think that’s a really fun and daring move to put in. I love the idea that Gobber is Berk’s resident gay.”

As the film is set to premiere Friday night at Cannes’ Palais des Festival, DeBlois doesn’t want a character’s sexuality to be a main focus of the film, which is a reason it was expressed subtly in a way that symbolizes it not being a big deal. It also shows that anyone can be gay, including a big burly Viking.

DeBlois also explained how he was able to bring Cate Blanchett onto the cast as the voice of dragon rescuer Valka. He said he walked up to her at the 2011 Oscars, introduced himself and said he had written a part for her. She admitted to being a big fan of the first animated film and told him to send her the script. “How to Train Your Dragons 2” makes its debut in theatres on June 13.