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Luke Evans as Gaston and Josh Gad as LeFou in the promo photos for the live action remake of "Beauty and the Beast."

Josh Gad breaks silence on ‘Beauty and the Beast’ first Disney openly gay character

7 March 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – A lot of people are talking about the character of Josh Gad in the live-action remake of the Disney classic

“Beauty and the Beast” and he broke his silence on the controversial first ever openly gay character in a Disney movie.

LeFou has a crush on his friend, Gaston, the villain in “Beauty and the Beast” and when it was revealed that Gad’s character will be having a gay moment in the flick, he said the scene is a subtle but incredibly effective scene. As more controversy surrounded the “gay moment,” Gad released another statement.

When he was asked by People magazine about what he thinks is the important lesson of “Beauty and the Beast,” he went with the old saying never judge a book by its cover. He added, “What I would say is that this film is one of inclusiveness. It’s one that has something to offer everyone. There is so much fear out there of that which we don’t understand that which we don’t know.” However, Gad cautioned the moment is just a part of a celebration of love but he does not want people to think there is more to that then be disappointed after watching the movie.

The 36-year-old also talked about Gaston’s character saying the villain uses his charm to whip other people into a frenzy to attack somebody they never met. He said Gaston represents a danger and he believes the theme is relevant today as it was back when the story was first written 300 years ago. Gad also said Gaston’s hate and ability to stir hate based on how someone looks is more resonant than it’s ever been.

After the news about the gay character of Gad was confirmed, a theater in Alabama said they would not screen “Beauty and the Beast.” The movie will be out in theaters this March 17.

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