Josh Gad (Olaf) said the script to Beauty and the Beast didn't have his character as gay

Josh Gad: 'Beauty and the Beast' script didn't say 'LeFou is gay'

The live-action Beauty and the Beast doesn't arrive in theaters until March 17, but fans are already buzzing about how the movie features Disney's first gay character, LeFou, played by Josh Gad.

"I haven't seen anything (about that), tell me more," Gad joked on the carpet for the world premiere of Beauty and the Beast Thursday.

But yes, he's "really proud" to play LeFou, a character who has a "wonderful gay moment" in the film, as director Bill Condon called it at the premiere.

"What was most important to me was taking a character that is wonderful and so iconic, but is defined by cartoon conceits in the (original) movie... and expanding on that, giving him dimension, making him human," said Gad.

In the 1991 animated Beauty and the Beast, LeFou gets hit in the head with a horn, a pig, snow and Gaston's fist, and loses plenty of teeth as a result. Not so in the live-action film. "I'm done with the (snow) phase of my Disney life ... And I don’t want to have my teeth knocked out every five seconds," joked the actor, who voiced Frozen's Olaf. "I need these for future work."


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