EXCLUSIVE: 'Beauty and the Beast' Director Bill Condon and Star Josh Gad Talk Disney's First 'Gay Moment'
By Alex Ungerman
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A tale as old as time is about to make history.
ET spoke to Beauty and the Beast director Bill Condon, as well as Josh Gad -- who plays LeFou in the live-action remake -- at the film's Los Angeles premiere, where the two discussed the revelations earlier this week that the movie would include Disney's first "exclusively gay moment."
"It's sort of, like, a first gay moment. He's fluid, you know what I mean?" Condon explained. "LeFou in the original, why else does he hang out and be a human punching bag for Gaston? He must be a little confused about his feelings, you know? But I don't want that to seem like a heavy-handed thing."
"The movie is a celebration, at the end of the day, of love," he added. "And we have very many varieties of it in moments at the end."
Gad, as the one who had the task of bringing LeFou to life, said that the moment was part of a concerted effort by the filmmakers to more deeply explore the depth's of the films characters.
"We set out, when we made this film, to dimensionalize all of these characters that were already iconic in the original," Gad said. "There's a moment at the end of the movie that I think is open to interpretation, that is very subtle, but I'm very proud of it."
"I think it's a really amazing moment in a Disney film. And I hope it speaks for itself," he continued. "I think that all of the characters including Belle have just come so much further than even the original."
We'll have to watch the magic happen when the movie premieres on March 17!