Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast has retooled the story with twist ― it’s set to feature an “exclusively gay moment,” according to director Bill Condon.
Josh Gad’s LeFou will be shown questioning his romantic feelings for his friend Gaston, played by Luke Evans, in the upcoming film. Condon told Attitude,
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. 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.”
Emphasizing the normalcy of homosexuality is a pretty big “moment” for LGBTQ representation in the movies. It’s a first for a Disney movie, but NOT the first time we’ve suspected certain Disney characters might be gay.
The remake has already modernized Emma Watson’s Belle with feminist bent, as the actress revealed last fall, a new backstory to introduce her as an inventor.
BATB hits theaters March 17.
(via Huffington Post)