The 36-year-old actor plays Gaston’s sidekick Le Fou, who will be Disney’s first openly gay character, and spoke recently about his character’s complicated relationship with his friend Gaston, played by Luke Evans.
“(Director) Bill Condon did an amazing job of giving us an opportunity to create a version of Le Fou that isn’t like the original, that expands on what the original did, but that makes him more human and makes him a wonderfully complex character to some extent,” Josh told the Associated Press.
Mentioning one scene at the end of the film, he hints there is an “incredible” moment for Le Fou, but refused to give away any movie spoilers. “It’s an incredible moment and it’s subtle, but I think it’s effective,” Josh added.
Condon also spoke about the recent revelation that Le Fou is gay, and explained why his relationship with Gaston was more complicated than in the 1991 Oscar-winning animation.
“I keep saying it’s more like the first gay moment, because I think he’s a very fluid character,” the director said of Le Fou. “You want to translate (their relationship) into something that feels real, and you can’t help but wonder, in his admiration for Gaston, (if) there’s something more going on… I just love the way (Josh) kind of captures that.”
And Luke Evans, who plays Gaston in the film, said everybody has a happy ending in the live-action remake. “It’s about unity, it’s about never judging a book by its cover. But digging a little deeper and understanding to not be fearful of things you don’t know or people who look a little different to you,” the Welsh actor explained.
“Fear is not a good thing to fuel, and Gaston is responsible for that. But he fails – he fails miserably, and everybody finds love. Everyone!” he added.