As the actress, some of her castmates, and director Bill Condon share, they've made Belle a true 21st century heroine - one who is fearless, industrious, curious, and creative. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings.
United States actor Josh Gad plays LeFou, a sidekick of the film's main antagonist Gaston (Luke Evans), to whom he is attracted.
Disney will feature its first gay scene with a character seen struggling with his sexuality in the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, the film's director Bill Condon says. The new featurette "Empowered Belle" (above) focuses on the courage and resilience of the character, as inspired by the original film.
Disney's most profitable ever movie, Frozen (2013), attracted the ire of some in the United States for what some felt to be an unusually close friendship between strapping hero Kristoff and his reindeer Sven, who is officially described as his "pet, best friend and business partner".
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It's 2017, so it's about time that Prince Charming is no longer limited to only finding his princess in Disney movies - and it looks like the Emma Watson-starring Beauty and the Beast is addressing this head-on.
The decision to update a Disney classic, however, drew criticism in some quarters, with one commentator in an online discussion forum saying "gender politics has no place in children's entertainment".
Franklin Graham says it is time for Christians to stop supporting Disney's "LGBT agenda".
In the same Attitude interview, Condon announced that LeFou - the sidekick of Beauty and the Beast's villain Gaston - w, a first for Disney.
Dan Stevens stars as Beast and Emma Watson as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
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