Move over Elsa, our chance at a gay Disney character may come sooner than we think.
Live-action Beauty and the Beast Director Bill Condon told Attitude Magazine that Gaston’s (Luke Evans) manservant LeFou (Josh Gad) has “a nice, exclusively gay moment” in the film surrounding his master.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” the director said. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings.”
The director added: “And Josh [Gad] 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.”
Condon later came out to say he thought LeFou’s sexuality “has been a little overstated,” according to USA Today.
Gad has spoken out about the director’s “gay moment” reveal, pointing out that "there was nothing in the script that said ‘LeFou is gay.’”
"I hope that it’s a surprise to audiences to some extent, although I don’t think it is anymore," Gad said, adding that either way "I'm honored to have that moment as part of my character’s arc."
Beauty and the Beast premieres on March 17. Check out a scene from the upcoming film below — and interpret LeFou’s lyrics however you like.