Beauty and the Beast to Feature Disney's First Openly Gay Character

Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson will hit theaters on March 17th. While most of it is expected to be a shot-for-shot copy of the 1991 animated feature, some tweaking has resulted in one character designated as Disney's first openly gay character. Gaston's sidekick LeFou, played by Josh Gad, discovers his sexuality during the story. Director Bill Condon talked to Attitude magazine about LeFou.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” reveals Condon.

“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 payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.” 

Read more about LeFou and the new movie (and see a video clip) at Attitude. -via Uproxx

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