The live action remake of The Beauty and The Beast is drumming up controversy now that news of the film featuring Disney’s first openly character is out.
Josh Gad is the actor who will play LeFou, Gaston’s sidekick, and at times secret admirer.
According to Attitude, director Bill Condon reveals Gad’s character is “confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings.”
Condon goes on to say that he introduced the change to address the movie’s hidden symbolism, and to honor the late Howard Ashman, who posthumously won an Oscar for his lyrics in the original film after he unfortunately died of AIDS.
Attitude goes on to report:
“Ashman saw the Beast’s ostracism from Belle’s village as a “metaphor for AIDS.” “He was cursed, and this curse had brought sorrow on all those people who loved him, and maybe there was a chance for a miracle and a way for the curse to be lifted. It was a very, very concrete thing that he was doing.”
The Beauty and The Beast opens in theaters on March 17, but watch as Josh Gad brings LeFou to life in this clip.