Even though Emma Watson has made changes to her character as Belle in live-action remake of Disney’s 1991 animated film Beauty and the Beast, she isn’t the only character who will have a new story.
New Storyline Revealed
Director of the film Bill Condon revealed that LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will be having a tiny, yet significant subplot amongst the film’s song and dances.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston (Luke Evans). He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings,” said Condon. “And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Gad also tweeted that he feels “beyond proud” to have made Disney history, as this is the first time in their history that an openly gay character is going to appear on the big screen.
Comments on the LGBT Atmosphere Surrounding Film
The films lyricist, Howard Ashman, saw the statement as a “metaphor for AIDS,” said Condon. “He was cursed, and this curse had brought sorrow on all those people who loved him, and maybe there was a chance for a miracle and a way for the curse to be lifted,” he added. “It was a very, very concrete thing that he was doing.”
The film is being resonated with LGBTQ communities everywhere, and the movies cast hopes the remake will provide the same. “It’s about that sense of persecution,” said Dan Stevens, playing the Beast. “Belle is seen as a bit of a freak within her community, this girl who reads and invents things and is a bit too clever for the local Establishment. And Beast is obviously persecuted because of his appearance.”