WHILE all eyes have so far been on Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the famous lovers in forthcoming live-action remake Beauty And The Beast, director Bill Condon has revealed that it will also show another romantic storyline, which he described as the first "exclusively gay moment" in a Disney film.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," Condon said of two of the main characters - macho Gaston and his sidekick LeFou - in an interview with Attitude magazine. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings."Watch: The New Beauty And The Beast Trailer
Watch: The New Beauty And The Beast Trailer
“And Josh [Gad, who plays LeFou] makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie” he continued.
Attitude's editor-in-chief Matt Cain added his thoughts on the plot line, reflecting on why it is such an important addition to the story.
"It may have been a long time coming but this is a watershed moment for Disney," he said. "By representing same-sex attraction in this short but explicitly gay scene, the studio is sending out a message that this is normal and natural – and this is a message that will be heard in every country of the world, even countries where it's still socially unacceptable or even illegal to be gay."Emma On Stockholm Syndrome In Beauty And The Beast