Beauty and the Beast star isn’t happy his character got ‘outed’
Beauty and the Beast star Josh Gad is not happy that his character’s homosexuality has been announced in advance.
Ahead of the upcoming live-action Disney remake, director Bill Condon revealed to Attitude Magazine to reveal that villain Gaston’s sidekick LeFou will be gay.
He said the character, played by Josh Gad, “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 realising that he has these feelings.
Condon teased a “nice, exclusively gay moment” for LeFou, adding that “Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it”.
However, he apparently didn’t run the announcement past Gad first – and the actor is pretty unhappy that the twist was revealed in advance.
Asked about the moment by USA Today, Gad joked: “I haven’t seen anything (about that), tell me more.”
Lamenting the revelation, he said: “I hope that it’s a surprise to audiences to some extent, although I don’t think it is anymore…. I’m honored to have that moment as part of my character’s arc.
“What was most important to me was taking a character that is wonderful and so iconic, but is defined by cartoon conceits in the (original) movie… and expanding on that, giving him dimension, making him human.”
Despite being the original blammermouth who gave away LeFou’s secret, Condon also said the moment had been “a little overstated”.
He said: “To me, I have to say my heart sinks a little (that we’re talking it)… I like the idea of it coming as this surprise, and I hope people don’t know where it’s coming.”