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Monday 2 February 2015

How To Train Dragon's Gobber is gay

How To Train Your Dragon 2 will be in cinemas in July
How To Train Your Dragon 2 will be in cinemas in July

How To Train Your Dragon character Gobber is set to come out as gay in the sequel, it has been revealed.

The macho Viking, who is voiced by Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson in the animation, appeared in the first movie and returns in How To Train Your Dragon 2.

Gobber is seen watching a husband and wife argue in the new film, and says that's why he never got married, then adds there is another reason.

Director Dean DeBlois confirmed to E! News the character is referring to his sexual orientation.

He said: "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."

The film follows 2012's ParaNorman as one of the first mainstream animated films to feature an openly LGBT character. Casey Affleck voiced teenage jock Mitch in the comedy horror movie, who comes out as gay in the movie.

How To Train Your Dragon 2 - which has an all-star voice cast including Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill and Game Of Thrones actor Kit Harrington - follows a new battle to keep the peace between humans and dragons.

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