Beauty and the Beast is putting Josh Gad's LeFou at the centre of Disney's first "exclusively gay" film moment when it's released later this month, and now Josh himself is opening up about how he's "honoured" to be a part of it.
Earlier this week, director Bill Condon revealed that in the new live-action remake, LeFou is confused over what he wants from his relationship with Gaston (Luke Evans) as he realises he has feelings for everyone's favourite guy.
"LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston," Condon explained.
"He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realising that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it."
Skip forward a few days and, speaking at the premiere of Beauty and the Beast last night (March 2), Josh has now added that he feels "really proud" to be playing LeFou in the film.
"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," Josh told USA Today.
"I hope that it's a surprise to audiences to some extent, although I don't think it is anymore. I'm honoured to have that moment as part of my character's arc."
But even while Disney fans everywhere are praising the studio for including a gay moment, Josh added that "there was nothing in the script that said 'LeFou is gay'" and even the director weighed in to add that he thinks 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]," said Bill Condon. "I like the idea of it coming as this surprise, and I hope people don't know where it's coming."
In other Beauty and the Beast surprises and Disney firsts, the film will also feature Disney's first ever live-action interracial kiss between Audra McDonald's Madame de Garderobe and Stanley Tucci's Cadenza, while Emma Watson has gone to great lengths to ensure that her version of Belle is very much a feminist princess.
And if all that isn't enough to convince you to see the film, then the hot-off-the-press, largely positive critics reviews for Beauty and the Beast may just be the thing to do the trick.
Beauty and the Beast opens in UK and US cinemas on Friday, March 17.
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