Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast was a box office success that many fans praised as a faithful adaptation of the animated classic (perhaps too faithful, depending on who you ask). However, one notable departure from the original film was the characterization of Le Fou, played by Josh Gad, who evolved from a silly side-kick who constantly endured abuse at the hands of Gaston to a more three-dimensional character for the remake. In an special feature for the films Blu-Ray release, director Bill Condon explained why Le Fou was changed for the live-action film and how his relationship with Gaston was developed.
Condon explained that the physical abuse Le Fou is subjected to in the animated film would not play well in a live-action film:
“He’s sort of a punching bag [in the animated film] and that just is not credible in live-action, to have Josh Gad getting punched every 10 seconds.”
Condon also revealed how the decision to omit the slapstick elements to Le Fou’s character lead to the creative teams new take on his relationship with Gaston:
“There’s a lot of crazy physical comedy that I don’t necessarily think translates to this version of the film. So it was about figuring out, how do we change things up, how do we make him more human? That came with a question of conscience for me. This idea of false worship. What does that look like? If a guy who he’s admired for all these years without questioning is doing things that he has to bring into question, I think that creates conflict and that creates for a more interesting, three-dimensionalized version of this character.”
Did you miss the slapstick comedy in the remake or was it a wise decision to omit the torture Le Fou endures from the live-action version? Share your thoughts below!
Directed by Bill Condon, the film stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen, Kevin Kline, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Audra McDonald.
Beauty and the Beast will be available on Digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD on June 6, 2017
Top 10 Disney Properties That Could Become Live-Action
Disney has become known for dominating the box office with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, and their record-breaking animated features. It didn’t take long for these Disney animated classics to become live-action epics on the big screen. Just in the past few years, Maleficent, Cinderella, and The Jungle Book have all been given the live-action treatment and as a result, have become critical and financial successes. If it’s not broken, why fix it?
The upcoming line-up for live-action remakes includes many popular Disney properties such as; Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Cruella and Maleficent 2. With Disney having such a large animated catalog, these remakes inspired a question. What Disney properties are left that need the live-action treatment? This countdown features the top ten Disney properties that could receive the live-action treatment.
Do you agree with this list? Are you enjoying this trend of Disney animated classics becoming live-action remakes? Comment below and join in the conversation!