It’s Josh’s character that is involved in the history-making scene, Bill explained during an interview with Attitude magazine.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” he said. “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 pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Emma and Dan were also interviewed by the magazine ahead of the movie’s release. The remake features a slightly different plot from the original, with Belle the inventor instead of her father, but Belle’s failure to fit in is still a pivotal storyline.
“I think it was really important actually for Dan and I to develop and understand why each of our characters feel like they don’t fit in,” Emma explained. “I certainly felt watching the original that I wanted to know more about why Belle feels that she’s different and why she wants to be different and why she’s naturally different.”
The first trailer for the upcoming film racked up more than 127 million views in 24 hours when it was released last November (16). Thousands of gay men in particular are looking forward to watching the movie, with Dan asked as to why he thinks the lead characters are found attractive by so many.
“It’s about that sense of persecution,” he said. “Belle is seen as a bit of a freak within her community, this girl who reads and invents things and is a bit too clever for the local establishment. And Beast is obviously persecuted because of his appearance.”