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Josh Gad Shares Regret Over Gay LeFou in ‘Beauty and the Beast’: ‘We Didn’t Go Far Enough’

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Zack Sharf Josh Gad recently told The Independent that he has some regrets over how Disney’s 2017 live action “Beauty and the Beast” remake handled making his character a gay man.Gad starred in the film as LeFou, the long-suffering sidekick to Gaston (played by Luke Evans in the film).

The movie’s director, Bill Condon, announced in USA Today ahead of the film’s release that his “Beauty and the Beast” would introduce Disney’s first openly gay character.

Condon said Gad’s LeFou had “an exclusively gay moment” in the movie, but all that turned out to be was a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot of LeFou dancing with a man.“We didn’t go far enough to warrant accolades,” Gad said nearly five years after the film’s release. “We didn’t go far enough to say, ‘Look how brave we are.’ My regret in what happened is that it became ‘Disney’s first explicitly gay moment’ and it was never intended to be that.

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