Disney’s box office dominance looks to be securely in place to continue in 2017 thanks to a number of projects, one of which is the live-action adaptation of classic story Beauty And The Beast. The film has some impressive talent to boast, starring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, and Ewan McGregor as Lumière.
McGregor spoke recently about his enthusiasm for taking on a role in the storied tale, namely because of his younger daughters:
“I’ve got four girls. My eldest is in her twenties now, of course, but still I’ve got a little one, who’s 5, and when an opportunity like this comes along, to be in a film they will watch, then it’s nice. It’s nice to get the opportunity to sing again in a film. It’s been a long time since I got the chance to do a big number, like I had the opportunity [to do] in Moulin Rouge. And I get this great number, ‘Be Our Guest,’ which Lumière sings.”
Turns out the musical candelabra wasn’t all fun and games, though. It was actually a bit difficult for McGregor, particularly the character’s French accent:
“When they were shooting, they wanted to have all of our voices to act with, so Emma and Darren had characters to work with — that being our voices. So, we went to London, we did some very quick accent-coaching [laughs], which in my case didn’t work out terribly well. My French didn’t really sound very French to begin with — it sounded a bit Spanish or something. And then some time later, I went over to New York, where Bill Condon [the film’s director] was doing all his post-production and I recorded the whole part again. I’d done a bit more work on the accent, so it sounded more French and I got rerecord the song. So, I got to do my whole performance again, which was a really nice opportunity. You don’t often get offered that. But I got a chance to have another crack at all of it!”
Don’t be too hard on yourself Ewan, I can’t do any accents! Seriously though, it does sound like he got it down eventually, so no worries there. I assume.
Beauty And The Beast is set for a March 2017 release.
Source: Entertainment Weekly