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Josh Gad Wants Disney To Go Further With A Gay Character In Beauty And The Beast – News Film | Film-News.co.uk

Josh Gad thinks Disney “didn’t go far enough” in portraying LeFou as a gay character in Beauty and the Beast.

In the 2017 live-action remake of the animated classic, the Frozen star played sidekick to Gaston LeFou, Disney’s first openly gay character. Director Bill Condon teased before the release that Gad’s LeFou had an “exclusively gay moment”, but it turned out to be a quick shot of the character dancing with a man.

In a recent interview with The Independent, Gad agreed that the announced timing for the remake was insufficient in terms of representation and expressed regret that the gay moment was so brief.

“We haven’t gone far enough to deserve accolades,” he admitted. “We haven’t gone far enough to say, ‘Look how brave we are. My regret in what happened is that it became “Disney’s first explicitly gay moment” and it was never intended for that. It was never intended to be a moment we should brag about, because frankly, I don’t think we did. justice to what a true gay character should be in a Disney movie.”

The 41-year-old insisted the film didn’t do enough for LGBTQ representation and deserved no praise.

“It wasn’t LeFou. If we want to congratulate ourselves, then damn it, we should have gone further with that,” he said. “Everyone deserves an opportunity to see themselves on screen, and I don’t think we’ve done enough — and I certainly haven’t done enough to do that.”

Gad was set to reprise his role as LeFou alongside Luke Evans’ Gaston for a Disney+ prequel series, but it was announced last month that the project had been put on hold.