No one says ‘no’ to Gaston - especially if you’re Luke Evans. The actor agreed to play the Disney villain in the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, a decision which made many fans excited. However, there were those who worried that the pretentious character might not translate well in the real-life. But, according to Evans, fans should be looking forward to the character’s appearance.
Speaking with CinemaBlend, Evans told the site that Gaston will be just as theatrical in the live-action adaptation as he is in the animated classic. “There's definitely a theatricality that I can bring to this role that I don't usually get to do,” he said.
“Here's a slight heightened reality to the film. It's Disney and we're re-creating a much loved Disney story. He's larger than life in every respect. No, it's definitely really fun to play, and I did get to do more theatricality.”
However, the actor did say the character would go through a stark transformation in the film. As Disney lovers know, Gaston may appear to be all bulk with no brain, but the villain does wise up when he persuades an entire village to confront Beast. Evans talked about the character’s monstrous actions and said he had fun playing Gaston because of the characters arc.
He said, “It was really fun to play this character, because it's such a great arc, such a great like arc. He starts as a kind of lovable rogue - says all these self-absorbed egocentric phrases and has his crazy sidekick. And then once he starts to realize he's not going to get his own way, the facade starts to crack, and there's a monster appears, and he ends up being quite the villain.”
This isn’t the first teaser fans have been given about Gaston. Not long ago, co-producer Jack Morrisey took to Facebook and shared a still photo of the character rehearsing for the film. Practicing his dance for “Gaston,” the actor can be seen dancing with an unknown woman.
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. The film stars: Emma Watson as Belle; Dan Stevens as the Beast; Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscar® winner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father; Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-de-camp; Golden Globe® nominee Ewan McGregor as Lumiere, the candelabra; Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci as Maestro Cadenza, the harpsichord; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, the feather duster; six-time Tony Award® winner Audra McDonald as Madame Garderobe, the wardrobe; Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock; and two-time Academy Award® winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts.
Directed by Oscar® winner Bill Condon from a screenplay by TBD based on the 1991 animated film, the film is produced by Mandeville Films’ David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman with eight-time Oscar-winning composer Alan Menken, who won two Academy Awards® (Best Original Score and Best Song) for the 1991 animated film, providing the score, which will include new recordings of the original songs written by Menken and Howard Ashman, as well as several new songs written by Menken and three-time Oscar winner Tim Rice.
Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.