Speaking to the Evening Standard, legendary composer Alan Menken revealed that the new version of the song Gaston features lyrics that were deemed ‘too edge’ for the original film.
“In Gaston there are some original lyrics that Howard Ashman had written we could not put in the animated [film], because they were just too edgy and adult,” he explained.
“When I showed them to [director] Bill Condon, he said ‘yes, let’s use those!’ We put a lot of those lyrics into Gaston.
“[It’s] funny, but stuff that might be – especially back when we first did the movie – a little too edgy for kids.”
The lyrics in question involve the macho bad-guy, played here by Luke Evans, singing about his superior hunting techniques:
“When I hunt, I sneak up with my quiver / And beasts of the field say a prayer / First, I carefully aim for the liver / Then I shoot from behind / Is that fair? / I don’t care.”
Menken said the lyrics have been reinstated due to the live action film having a “different tone, different audience” and being a “different medium” to the animated version.
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