Days before the release of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” which includes an “exclusively gay moment,” actor Emma Watson says she “loves” the scene because it’s subtle, calling it “fun.”
The scene involves LeFou, played by Josh Gad, flirting with Gaston, played by Luke Evans, and dancing with another male character, but that flirting is “subtle,” says Watson, who stars as the bookworm Belle, in a Facebook live interview with Entertainment Weekly.
LeFou is the sidekick to the villain Gaston.
“I think that what’s so fantastic about Josh’s performance is that it’s so subtle. It’s always like, does he idolize Gaston? Is he in love with Gaston? What’s the relationship there? And I think it’s incredibly subtle, to be perfectly honest,” she said.
“I don’t want people going into this movie thinking that there’s like a huge narrative there,” she asserted. “There really isn’t. It’s incredibly subtle, and it’s kind of a play on having the audience go, ‘Is it, or is it not?’ I think it’s fun. I love the ambiguity there.”
“Beauty and the Beast” is scheduled for release on March 17.
Gad “breaks new ground when it comes to LGBT visibility” as his character on camera realizes that he has homosexual feelings, BBC reported earlier. The movie’s director, Bill Condon, had said Gad “makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. … [I]t is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Many Christian leaders are urging parents to boycott the film, and a Christian-owned theater in Alabama has announced it will not screen it.