There are those who feel Disney is overstepping their family driven lane by including a gay character in their upcoming live-action retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Those voices include an Alabama theater canceling their showings of the film, but LeFou actor Josh Gad wants to put a bow on the matter for good.
In an interview with People (via Variety), Gad talks of the moment in question, saying the "gay moment" is "subtle but incredibly effective" and "everything that needed to be said on this issue has definitely been said". He added "There is so much fear out there of that which we don't understand, that which we don't know. The "film is one of inclusiveness" and noted that the core theme is "never to judge a book by its cover."
In fact, that type of rush to judgment is evident in the film's villain, Gaston, who makes a assumption about The Beast and runs with it, inciting a riot. "You have a character in Gaston who uses his charm offensive to whip other people into a frenzy to go and attack somebody they've never met. Somebody that's different," said Gad. "Somebody that only represents a danger because [Gaston] says that he represents a danger."
He added that the story is "more resonant than it's ever been." "I do think [the moment] is going to be effective and I do think it's important."
Beauty and the Beast has remained consistent in ComicBook.com's anticipation rankings, score a 3.30 out of 5 at the moment.
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 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, Belles 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
Beauty and the Beast will be released in U.S. theaters on March 17, 2017.
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