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Josh Gad & Bill Condon follow up on Beauty & the Beast's "openly gay" LeFou

03.03.2017

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A few days ago, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST director Bill Condon revealed that LeFou, the character played by Josh Gad, would have an "exclusively gay moment" in the film. As you can imagine, anyone and everyone has been talking about what appears to be Disney's first openly gay character in a live-action film, although it looks as though the director and star would like to temper expectations just a bit. In speaking with USA TODAY, the two said a few words in hopes of clearing up any confusion.

Bill Condon on LeFou:

I think (LeFou's sexuality) has been a little overstated. To me, I have to say my heart sinks a little (that we're talking about this moment). I like the idea of it coming as this surprise, and I hope people don’t know where it’s coming.

Josh Gad regarding his character:

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. There was nothing in the script that said ‘LeFou is gay.’ 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.

Alright, so maybe "openly gay" might be a bit of an extreme moniker, but at least they tried to add some dimension to what's considered a bit of a throwaway, gag character in the animated film. It's hard to tell how well this moment will go over, so we'll just have to wait 2 weeks and see what audiences think when BEAUTY AND THE BEAST hits theaters!

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST opens in theaters on March 17, 2017.

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Source: USA Today

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5:06PM on 03/04/2017

Possible spoilers

Aside from the obvious 'love' from LeFou to Gaston, the 'gay moment' is somehow predictable and the result of a scene already in the animated version. The character he has his 'moment' with, Stanley, created for the movie, is played by the french actor and singer Alexis Loizon who, in the french live musical version, played Gaston (and Aladdin in the french musical version). He was hired by the director under the recommendations of composer Alan Menken and animator Andreas Deja, who saw him in
Aside from the obvious 'love' from LeFou to Gaston, the 'gay moment' is somehow predictable and the result of a scene already in the animated version. The character he has his 'moment' with, Stanley, created for the movie, is played by the french actor and singer Alexis Loizon who, in the french live musical version, played Gaston (and Aladdin in the french musical version). He was hired by the director under the recommendations of composer Alan Menken and animator Andreas Deja, who saw him in Paris.
And gay characters is not the only 'PC gesture' from Disney (if you want to consider it that way) in the film, there's also a lot of black characters, and even an interracial couple...
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9:39AM on 03/04/2017

I'm not worried

Anyone freaking out that this will negatively impact their kids is a dumbass. Gay characters and ppl are everywhere! It's Disney! They won't be doing anal and blowing each other. Who gives a shit! If you still have an issue just don't watch it. If you don't you're probably watching Broke Back behind closed doors anyway.
Anyone freaking out that this will negatively impact their kids is a dumbass. Gay characters and ppl are everywhere! It's Disney! They won't be doing anal and blowing each other. Who gives a shit! If you still have an issue just don't watch it. If you don't you're probably watching Broke Back behind closed doors anyway.
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5:28PM on 03/03/2017
I bet the majority of gay people who don't want to be defined by their sexuality actually give a fuck. The only people who care are flamboyant gays (annoying as fuck) and white liberals.
I bet the majority of gay people who don't want to be defined by their sexuality actually give a fuck. The only people who care are flamboyant gays (annoying as fuck) and white liberals.
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5:28PM on 03/03/2017
don't actually***
don't actually***
1:14PM on 03/03/2017
Here's a long list of people who give a shit:
Here's a long list of people who give a shit:
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3:27PM on 03/03/2017
There is a long list of people who give a shit, you just don't have it.
There is a long list of people who give a shit, you just don't have it.
5:30PM on 03/03/2017
The only people who give a shit are the people trying to make money by pandering to the nutty leftists who represent a large portion of the media in this country.
The only people who give a shit are the people trying to make money by pandering to the nutty leftists who represent a large portion of the media in this country.
12:45PM on 03/03/2017

It's 2017, is this still an issue with people?

Josh Gad is gay, big deal. Prolly got his annoying voice from guzzling semen. JKJK I know its his character that is gay but I just really can't stand him.
Josh Gad is gay, big deal. Prolly got his annoying voice from guzzling semen. JKJK I know its his character that is gay but I just really can't stand him.
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3:28PM on 03/03/2017
Josh Gad isn't gay. His character is, but he's not. Luke Evans on the other hand...
Josh Gad isn't gay. His character is, but he's not. Luke Evans on the other hand...
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