Luke Evans Talks About Becoming 'Gaston' for 2017's 'Beauty and the Beast'

One of the most anticipated Disney movies coming out next year is the live-action remake of the animated classic, Beauty and the Beast. The movie quickly claimed the record for most viewed teaser trailer back in May when it was viewed 91.8 million times in a 24-hour period.

One of the movie’s stars, Luke Evans, recently talked to CinemaBlend about his upcoming portrayal of one of the most well-known Disney villains, Gaston. Evans spoke quite frankly about Gaston’s character. He emphasized that while Gaston seems to be a simple, egocentric jerk, there is a genuine monster hidden beneath the bravado.

“There’s definitely a theatricality that I can bring to this role that I don’t usually get to do. There’s a slight heightened reality to the film. It’s Disney, and we’re re-creating a much loved Disney story. He’s larger than life in every respect. No, it’s definitely really fun to play, and I did get to do more theatricality… It’s such a great arc, such a great like arc. He starts as a kind of lovable rogue – says all these self-absorbed egocentric phrases and has his crazy sidekick. And then once he starts to realize he’s not going to get his own way, the facade starts to crack, and there’s a monster that appears, and he ends up being quite the villain.”

For us Disney fans, seeing Evans speak with such insight about his role as Gaston is a relief. Additionally, knowing that the movie is in good hands with director and co-writer, Bill Condon, and the rest of the cast is also a comfort. So far the plan seems to be to stick to the original Disney animated movie’s storyline and to leave the darker elements intact in the live-action movie.

Beauty and the Beast arrives in U.S. theaters on March 17th, 2017.

Source: Inside The Magic

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