Beauty and the Beast will mark the first time an openly gay character will appear in a Disney film. The live-action version of the classic animation is set to be released in a couple of weeks and People caught up with the actors on the red carpet premiere of the film in Hollywood.
Josh Gad, who is playing LeFou, discussed his excitement with playing the first openly gay character in a well-known and beloved story and how it’s “wonderfully complex.”
“[Director] Bill Condon did an amazing job of giving us an opportunity to create a version of LeFou that isn’t like the original, that expands on what the original did, but that makes him more human and makes him a wonderfully complex character to some extent. I’m very proud of it. I think it’s an incredible moment and it’s subtle, but I think it’s effective.”
Bill Condon added to the conversation and said that he wanted to make it feel natural within the story. Which, if you’ve seen the original 1992 animation, isn’t a stretch given LeFou’s obsession with Gaston throughout the film.
“I keep saying it’s more like the first gay moment, because I think he’s a very fluid character. You want to translate [their relationship] into something that feels real, and you can’t help but wonder, in his admiration for Gaston, [if] there’s something more going on … I just love the way [Gad] kind of captures that.”
Honestly, it might just be a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment like Sulu’s was in Star Trek Beyond. Hopefully it won’t be though. Early reviews for Beauty and the Beast have been generally positive.
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” is a live-action adaptation of the studio’s animated classic which refashions the classic characters from the tale as old as time for a contemporary audience, staying true to the original music while updating the score with several new songs. “Beauty and the Beast” is the fantastic journey of Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within.Beauty and the Beast hits theaters March 17, 2017.
Beauty and the Beast stars Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Josh Gad as Le Fou, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Sir Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette.
The film is in theaters March 17, 2017.