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

Variety logo Variety 3/1/2017 Sarah Ahern
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Josh Gad is setting a milestone for Disney: His portrayal of LeFou in the live-action rendition of “Beauty and the Beast” will be Disney’s first openly gay character.

In the film, which stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, Gad plays LeFou, the eccentric sidekick to antagonist Gaston (Luke Evans). In a slight modification, LeFou will engage in a subplot of his own that deals with his sexuality.

“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” director Bill Condon told Attitude magazine. “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 payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

Television host Chris Parente tweeted to Gad, asking him to confirm that the film would in fact include this “exclusively gay moment,” saying that it would “mean a lot to me, and gay kids everywhere.” Gad replied to the tweet, writing that he is “beyond proud of this.”

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