"I have children. You have four daughters, right? Surely you knew this musical before you took the job, right?" Colbert asked McGregor, whose youngest daughter is six and his eldest is 21.
"How could you possibly avoid Disney? How did you escape from the black hole that is 'Be Our Guest?'"
"I have never seen it, the original. Is it good?" the Scottish star quipped. "It's not because I didn't want to. It's just...I don't know. It wasn't one that they watched, I guess."
McGregor added that he thinks not seeing the movie may have ultimately been to his benefit. "It was quite handy, in a way, because when you're going to play a part that's so well known, it's quite good if you don't know it so it can be yours," he explained. "I didn't have to try and sound like the guy who did it in the cartoon in the '90s."
"He's a gay character!" he exclaimed. "It's 2017, for f**k's sake!"
In a recent interview with ET, Condon spoke further about Gad's character. "It's sort of, like, a first gay moment. He's fluid, you know what I mean?" the director 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."
Beauty and the Beast debuts in theaters on Friday.