The film stars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens as the titular characters, supported by an all-star cast including Sir Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci and Kevin Kline.
Acknowledging that she had been committed to Beauty and the Beast for years, Watson says she felt her performance wouldn't be best served by splitting time between Bill Condon's fairy-tale adaptation and Chazelle's tale about an aspiring actress in love with a jazz pianist.
On top of that, an Alabama theatre announced that it will not screen the film, which is what McGregor is referring to in his sarcastic comment. I had to be there to do that and as I was saying before it's like you can't half-arse a project like this, you know, you're in or you're out. "It's 2017 for fucks sake".
The minor cut concerned a "gay moment" in the film, said Abdul Halim. He also blamed the journalist from the gay magazine, who first broke the news, for creating smoke without fire.
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"It's just like, he's a gay character".
Director Bill Condon has stoked controversy leading up to the movie's USA release by drawing attention to a "gay moment" between fawning sidekick LeFou, played by Josh Gad (inset), and villainous leading man Gaston, played by Luke Evans. And if it was a movie role, you wouldn't want to go watch that person do it because you want to make it your own. And the release has been pushed back in Malaysia.
If you've been trying to book tickets to see Disney's highly anticipated live action remake of Beauty and the Beast on 16 March, you'll find that the film is not even listed on local cinema websites anymore. "I don't think it is going to influence anyone". "And I think it's incredibly subtle, to be perfectly honest".
The controversy surrounds the portrayal of Josh Gad's LeFou as a gay man pinning for Gaston, the story's antagonist. "I was manic, I was so hectic but I loved it". Making him gay just means he has something of a gently suggested crush on Gaston, which makes his character more sympathetic and his loyalty more understandable.