Hollywood's first gay action hero couple: Jet Li and Arnold Schwarzenegger?
Do we now have Hollywood's first gay male action hero couple?
Apparently we do, according to Expendables 3 director Patrick Hughes.
Amid the testosterone sausage fest, a homo-affectionate scene, between characters played by the Governator and one of China's top martial arts movie stars, aroused speculation on the internet.
Trench Mauser (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Yin Yang (Jet Li) are shown cuddling up with each other toward the end of the film.
Expendables leader Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) tells the dynamic duo to get a room while the pair laugh it off.
"We don't need a room!" Mauser replies. "So jealous!"
When Hughes was asked in an interview if they were in fact a couple, he replied, “I believe they are.”
Off-screen, Schwarzenegger has had a contradictory track record on his stance on homosexuality.
He publicly supported the definition of marriage as being only between a man and a woman.
He also vetoed legislation in 2005 against same-sex marriage in California, which prompted former Star Trek star George Takei to publicly come out and speak out for LGBT rights.
However, he has also officiated two same-sex weddings while in office.