The Beauty and the Beast themed April issue of Attitude magazine contains a historic scoop about the film. According to director Bill Condon, Beauty and the Beast will feature Disney’s first “exclusively gay moment” as the film explores a “small but significant subplot” about one character’s sexuality.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon says of the character played by Josh Gad. “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. 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.”
It’s good news from Disney, which Josh Gad says on Twitter he’s “beyond proud of.”
Beyond proud of this https://t.co/5wG1KfKqVZ
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) March 1, 2017
The only thing that could make this milestone news better is if it happened in 1991 when the animated Beauty and the Beast was first released, instead of 2017, when it’s kind of embarrassing that this is Disney’s “first” openly gay character.
To read more about this, pick up the new issue of Attitude magazine, in stores today. Beauty and the Beast, starring Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad, and Ian McKellan is in theaters March 17.
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