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Actor Ewan McGregor and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ director comment on controversial gay character LeFou

16 March 2017 Entertainment News

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – “Beauty and the Beast” remains to be a controversial topic and Ewan McGregor, the actor playing the role of Lumiere in the movie, and the flick’s director, Bill Condon, commented once again on the matter.

In the original “Beauty and the Beast” animated flick, LeFou was not openly gay but that will change in the live-action movie as they wanted to honor one of the people behind the classic flick. Due to the controversial matter, the premier of the movie in Malaysia was postponed after the government approved the release of the movie but proposed a scene should be edited out regarding homosexual overtones.

The gay moment is said to be between LeFou, played by Josh Gad, and villain Gaston, played by Luke Evans. Condon said in a statement, “It’s such a small, little smile moment, you know what I mean? That’s what’s so great. Finally, Thursday night, people can see the movie and you are out of this world of speculation.” He also said people should have inferred LeFou had another feeling towards Gaston besides being best friends even in the original flick.

Aside from Condon, McGregor guested on “The Late Show” on Monday evening and said, “He’s a gay character. It’s 2017, for f–k’s sake.” Emma Watson, who plays Beauty, also said the gay moment was overstated. She contended during her SiriusXM segment appearance, “Does (LeFou) idolize Gaston? Is he in love with Gaston? What’s the relationship there? And I think it’s incredibly subtle, to be perfectly honest.”

One U.S. cinema boycotted “Beauty and the Beast.” It is the Henagar Drive-In, an Alabama movie theater.

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