Disney’s gay character in Beauty and the Beast

As always, Disney is making history. The cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is “very proud” to have the first ever homosexual character in the remake of the 1991 classic story, is what they told journalists at the Los Angeles debut on Thursday, March 2nd.
“You know, I’m thrilled that this character, I think, veers in different directions than the original because he’s more complex,” is what Josh Gad said. He plays LeFou, the character the news is all about. “In the original movie, the character is a bumbling fool and it worked because it was animated and it was wonderful. For me, it was important to add some dimension to him, to give him some pathos, to give him some heart, and there’s a moment at the end of the movie that’s very subtle, but that I’m very proud of, and I’ll let it speak for itself.”

The film director Bill Condon clarifies in Attitude’s April issue that he wanted to make a more “three-dimensional” character for Gad’s LeFou.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon said. “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.”

Luke Evans, who plays Gaston. Gaston is LeFou’s boss of love in the movie. He too stated his enthusiasm over the historic presence. “The main body of the journey between Gaston and LeFou is about two people that need each other and have a wonderful friendship and it’s a wonderful story,” he said. We have these great songs and we bring them to life and there’s a little moment in the film when everybody finds their identity in this movie, you know. Some of them are happy to find their identity and some are not, and Gaston is one of them that realizes he’s not going to win, and you see the Beast loses his identity by becoming a Beast, and finds his identity again and his humility and gratitude and he finds love. Everybody feels complete, including LeFou.”

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