Disney is to have what it is claiming to be the first ‘exclusively gay moment’ in the new Beauty and the Beast live remake.
Director Bill Condon has said LeFou, the diminutive manservant to Gaston, will show a struggle with his sexuality and his feelings for ultra-macho leading man Gaston.
Played by Frozen star Josh Gad, the director promised there will be a ‘big pay-off at the end’.
‘LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,’ Condon told Attitude.
‘He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings.
‘And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it.
‘And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.’
In the 1991 animated film, LeFou is the hapless submissive sidekick to the ladies’ man Gaston.
He also sings the villain’s main song, ‘Gaston’, in which he sings ‘No one’s neck’s as incredibly thick as Gaston’s / For there’s no man in town half as manly / Perfect, a pure paragon / You can ask any Tom, Dick or Stanley / And they’ll tell you whose team they prefer to be on.’
Emma Watson, who plays Belle, has already said the film will have a more ‘feminist’ take on the original.
While this might be the first gay moment in a live action film, Disney has been toying with LGBTI characters.
Once Upon A Time, a live action show based on Disney characters, has Dorothy and Little Red Riding Hood as a same-sex couple.
In Disney XD’s Star vs the Forces of Evil, there were numerous same-sex kisses seen on screen in a recent episode.
And while it might be direct-to-video, Hunchback of Notre Dame 2 has a gay couple in Djali the goat and Hugo the gargoyle. Many have also pointed to the innkeeper in Frozen as a possible gay character, as well many other ‘coded’ gay characters in the Disney canon.
The full interview is published in the April issue of Attitude, out now.