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‘Jungle Cruise’ Actors Admit to Receiving Warnings from Disney During Press Tour

Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt are most certainly Disney darlings when it comes to Disney cinema and Hollywood. Dwayne Johnson is a former professional WWE wrestler who has become known for his charisma, physique, and his endearingly exciting-yet-family-friendly films. Meanwhile, Emily Blunt is a Devil Wears Prada alum with beauty, wit, and a charming English accent in her repertoire.

When the couple teamed up to play Skipper Frank Wolff and Dr. Lily Houghton in¬†The Jungle Cruise¬†back in 2021, it was just as popular as expected; however, the duo hit some speed bumps on the press tour in the form of Disney’s censorship team!

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The Jungle Cruise starred Emily Blunt (Dr. Lily Houghton), Dwayne Johnson (Skipper Frank Wolf), and Jack Whitehall (MacGregor Houghton). Credit: Instinct Magazine

The chemistry between Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson was undeniable onscreen and offscreen, since both actors are known for being funny, attractive, and talented performers. Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson’s interviews have consistently been hits with audiences during press tours, so it is not surprising that Jungle Cruise¬†fans loved seeing their joined antics on the movie’s press tour — but apparently, Disney higher-ups did not.

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The Jungle Cruise starred Emily Blunt (Dr. Lily Houghton), Dwayne Johnson (Skipper Frank Wolf), and Jack Whitehall (MacGregor Houghton). Jesse Plemons also stars, as the villain in the film. Credit: Disney

We already saw Disney censors hard at work when it came to removing a shocking amount of ‘potentially’ offensive content from Disney shows like¬†Gravity Falls¬†and¬†Phineas and Ferb¬†(with the show’s creators openly revealing some of the bizarre requests they received from Disney censors).

Apparently, the powers that be at the Walt Disney Company were also keeping a sharp eye on Blunt and Johnson as they promoted¬†The Jungle Cruise — and they were swift when it came to warning the duo after one particularly explicit moment!

In an interview with Hit Network (shown below), Emily Blunt and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson went a bit too far in their dirty jokes. Readers, beware! This is a particularly inappropriate interview. However, it is a specific joke about Vagisil and anal beads that prompted Disney to reach out to the two actors.

Emily Blunt immediately said in the video (after said jokes around the 4:00 mark) that “we’re never working for Disney again. We’re going to get fired.”

Dwayne Johnson told Vanity Fair that Disney’s response was indeed incredibly fast. ‚ÄúI can‚Äôt tell you how quick we got those calls,” the former pro wrestler said. “‚ÄėWe really love your chemistry and what you guys are doing ‚ÄĒ but can we dial it back a little bit on the anal beads?‚Äô‚ÄĚ

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The Jungle Cruise starred Emily Blunt (Dr. Lily Houghton), Dwayne Johnson (Skipper Frank Wolf), and Jack Whitehall (MacGregor Houghton). Jesse Plemons also starred in the film as the villain. Credit: Eonline

When the Disney movie¬†Jungle Cruise¬†(which is inspired by the classic Jungle Cruise ride, a slow-moving Walt Disney World Resort and Magic Kingdom boat ride that is associated with whimsical pun-filled adventure) was released on Disney+, it was a hit with audiences and motivated Disney to set plans for a Jungle Cruise¬†sequel in motion. It sounds like Emily Blunt and Dwayne Johnson will have to be careful about their behavior during the sequel’s press tour, though!

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!