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Josh Gad hits the red carpet at Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' premiere.(Photo: Alex J. Berliner)
Even with all the dresses, the waltzing and the dancing decor, Josh Gad couldn't help but fall in love with the original 1991 Beauty and the Beast as a 10-year-old boy growing up in Florida.
And the new live-action version (in theaters March 17) is just as charming, says the actor, who stars as Gaston’s sidekick LeFou. “It literally is a film for everyone.”
Even for the macho guy who’s there under duress with his girlfriend? Yes, even him, says an emphatic Gad. “Coming from another show that a lot of dudes were dragged to, Book of Mormon, and never in their wildest dreams would have imagined enjoying a Broadway experience, I would offer that this holds the same potential for pure enjoyment and entertainment for them. With a lot less F-bombs.”
Here are several aspects of Beauty and the Beast that Gad thinks will appeal to men of all ages:Belle is an ideal modern woman.
What single dude like the Beast (Dan Stevens) wouldn’t want to date a well-read, attractive girl like Belle (Emma Watson)? Heck, even Gaston (Luke Evans) won't shut up about her. “She is fiercely independent and unbelievably intelligent — her superpower is that she reads nonstop,” Gad says. “And she is the hero! She saves the Beast not once but multiple times.” What's key to Gad as the father of two young daughters (Ava, 6, and Isabella, 3): Belle is more role model than princess. "They can look up at her and say, ‘I can do anything I put my mind to and I can accomplish anything I want to without having to be a damsel in distress.’ "
Gruff at first, the Beast (Dan Stevens) breaks out of his introspective self when he meets Belle. (Photo: Disney)The Beast is a joy to watch.
Every guy can relate at least a little to the brusque transformed prince. What’s great for Gad is once the Beast meets Belle, he becomes entertaining to watch as he lets his guard down. “The idea that they can fall in love so easily comes from this connection that’s established early on that his misbehavior, his foible, is not that he is dumb or gruff — (it's that) he has historically been his own worst enemy,” Gad says. “When Belle gets to him and allows him to understand himself, there’s a wonderful truth in it.”
Gaston (Luke Evans) and LeFou (Josh Gad) lead a bunch of fiery villagers against the Beast in 'Beauty and the Beast.' (Photo: Laurie Sparham)Gaston and LeFou are a hoot.
The word “bromance” gets thrown around a lot when discussing the buff and boisterous bully Gaston (Luke Evans) and his loyal sidekick LeFou, and their relationship is relatable and often hilarious. (Plus, there's the fact that LeFou harbors some romantic feelings for his dimwitted friend.) “The comedy that Luke brought to that role was such a fun thing for me to play and bounce off of,” Gad says. “I really do insult him a lot of the movie, it goes over his head, and that’s a really fun dynamic.”
The Beast (Dan Stevens) gets to sing one of the new 'Beauty and the Beast' numbers, the power ballad 'Evermore.' (Photo: Disney)The lonely-hearts guys get a song.
The power ballad Evermore is a new original tune that belongs side by side with classics like Be Our Guest and Beauty and the Beast, according to Gad. After freeing Belle to save her father from angry villagers, the Beast goes to the top of a tower and belts his feelings about his love: “Now I know she'll never leave me, even as she runs away.” It's definitely going on Gad's playlist: "I love Evermore,” he says. “After every screening, it’s the song I can’t get out of my head.”
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