This may be one of the most monumental moments in Disney history. In recent years, the company’s made strides to diversify, creating storylines surrounding black, Latina and Polynesian ~princesses~ since 2009’s The Princess and the Frog. And it looks like the House of Mouse plans on continuing to do so with its films, as it’s now going to include a member of the LGBTQ community on its character roster.
In an interview with Attitude magazine, director Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) revealed that Gaston’s sidekick, LeFou, played by Josh Gad, will experience a “gay moment” in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Bill explained. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.”
“And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away,” he added. “But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
So a feminist Belle — a theory which Emma Watson confirmed herself — and a homosexual LeFou. This is unlike any other live-action Disney adaptation we’ve seen before… and we’re all for it! HOWEVER, not everyone’s feeling the love; while there are plenty who are open and even gleeful about the concept, some don’t like the idea of Disney changing the original storyline. We get it — not everyone likes change. It’s, like, for every person that’s praising the announcement, there’s a person who’s actively hating on it.
But we’re not even here to talk about the back and forth on that particular issue, as there seems to be an even more pressing one. It appears that there’s a fair amount of people who are concerned more about the character Disney chose to be gay:
beauty and the beast made their only gay character the "village idiot" flat punchline villain and they're applauding their own inclusivity 🙄
— ᴇ ʟ ɪ x ɪ ʀ✨ (@serpentstone) March 1, 2017
lmao how much do u wanna bet that the 'gay subplot' in beauty and the beast is just going to be a joke/punchline
— ✨billie ✨ (@maarkcohen) March 1, 2017
young gay kids deserve better representation than “lefou the fool and comedic relief is confused about his sexuality for gaston”
— Klaudia Amenábar (@kaludiasays) March 1, 2017
Be excited if you want, but I'm tired of comedic relief or villains being considered 'LGBT representation'. LeFou means "the fool". https://t.co/J2s0AxbCHS
— Maggie Jasmin (@Magsalicious) March 1, 2017
@00Hex yeah, I saw that last night, which is why I'm, well, *concerned* it's going to go the "tragic gay" route (also, LeFou is a dick…)
— Brynna (@brynna42) March 1, 2017
The Internet even had alternative options at the ready:
Why is the gay stuff in beauty and the beast going to be lefou pining after gaston and not the clock and the candlestick kissing
— super chicken boy (@chickenboy64) March 1, 2017
— Vicky (@wikipattia) March 1, 2017
imagine being so obtusely heterosexual that you can make a character in beauty and the beast gay AND IT'S NOT LUMIERE AND COGSWORTH
— b. thornburley (@momjeanjams) March 1, 2017
Others have said this already, but how do you manage to put a gay character in Beauty and the Beast and have it NOT be Lumiere or Cogsworth?
— Meagan @ GDC (@meagantrott) March 1, 2017
Disney: "Gay characters in Beauty and the Beast"
Me(correctly): "COGSWORTH AND LUMIERE!"
Disney: "No its Lefou and he's confused about it"
— Gene-Costello 🐂 (@Kingsmanharry) March 1, 2017
i remember reading ages ago that there would be lgbt rep in beauty and the beast i thought it would be lumiere and clogsworth-
— libby (@mcfIymarty) March 1, 2017
I'm hearing about some gay stuff in Beauty and the Beast 2017 that doesn't involve Lumiere and Cogsworth and I ain't having it
— nightmare eyes ru (@awyeahrunaan) March 1, 2017
its cool that lefou is gay in the new beauty and the beast but consider: flaming bisexual lumiere/cogsworth
— Rory Rabs (@roryrabs) March 1, 2017
When you really think about it, though, was this really that farfetched?
Always thought LeFou was gay for Gaston in the original beauty and the beast anyway.
— Abril (@hellherekitten) March 1, 2017
I love beauty and the beast and Josh gad, but I don't understand how it's so revolutionary that lefou is gay.
Did y'all see the original?
— SPICED APPLE TIDDY (@schlow_burn) March 1, 2017
Was LeFou NOT gay for Gaston in the animated version of Beauty and the Beast? 🤔 https://t.co/SxF0MeFNT5
— Nina P.H. 🎠 (@lefancygeek) March 1, 2017
"LeFou might be gay for Gaston in the new Beauty & the Beast movie!" You mean that wasn't apparent in the animated movie…?
— Chynna Hall (@ChynnaHall) March 1, 2017
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) March 1, 2017
Beauty and the Beast is slated to hit theaters on March 17. Until then, weigh in on the latest reveal!
If things worked out differently, Emma Watson could’ve played these roles as well:
Anastasia Steele, Fifty Shades of Grey
While everyone and their mother were FREAKING out over rumors that Emma would play the sexy lead in Fifty Shades, the former HP actress confirmed to EW that she didn't "read the book...[or] a script, nothing!" And that's why you shouldn't believe everything you read online, people.
Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
In that same interview with EW, Emma also squashed the rumors that she lost the lead role in TGWTDT to Rooney Mara. She said, "There are so many movies you become attached to when I’ve literally never even received a phone call. It was the same way with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo -- I never even saw a script!" WTF?! It's like our who life is a lie!
Photo: Columbia Pictures
Before she joined the live-action adaptation of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Emma was in talks to star in another Disney classic -- Cinderella. The actress was actually offered the role but had to back out as she couldn't work out a deal with the movie studio.
Bethany Hamilton, Soul Surfer
When surfer Bethany Hamilton lost her arm in a shark attack in 2003, talks of a movie began almost immediately. In 2006, Time reported that Emma Watson and Jamie-Lynne Spears were two of the actresses being considered for the inspirational role. Five years later, when the movie premiered, AnnaSophia Robb was obviously the young actress who ended up with the part.
Photo: TriStar Pictures
Roxy, Kingsman: The Secret Service
A couple years ago, We Got this Covered reported that Emma was one of the two actresses being considered for the female lead in the movie adaptation of Mark Millar’s comic book series, The Secret Service. According to the site, Bella Heathcote was also in the running. Seeing as Sophie Cookson actually got the role of Roxy, we're not sure what exactly happened with the casting...
Mia, La La Land
While Emma Stone is currently slated to play Mia in the 2016 flick, another Emma was actually offered the role first -- Miss Watson. According to IMDB, EW had to drop out of the project when she signed on to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast.