I admit I liked the live action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. However the character of Lefou as being the first gay character in a Disney movie was lame. I wasn’t expecting much and I was still disappointed in that respects. Fortunately there is slight remedy to this. Violinist Matthew Olson made the video below with a beauty rendition of the Beauty and the Beast song. He is accompanied with his boyfriend Paul Castle as Bello.

The song starts out with Paul in drag approaching Matthew, unsure if he likes women or men. When Paul returns later in his own clothing, Matthew still accepts him. It’s quite nice and beautiful.

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Although I have only seen the movie once, I did enjoy Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast’s movie. Even back then I thought there was something up with LeFou’s admiration of Gaston, but I always just chalked it up to hero worship. Many straight men have homoerotic interests towards other guys that they admire for whatever reason. Usually this is reserved to athletes, but there are many other examples as well. In the live representation of Beauty and the Beast, he will be openly and exploring his sexuality according to Director Bill Condon.

Condon stated in an interview with Attitude (gay magazine) that: LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston…He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings. He also promised the film will have a nice, exclusively gay moment at the end. So even though Gaston will not reciprocate LeFou’s feelings, maybe LeFou will end up with someone. Hopefully.

Josh Gad, who was the voice of Olaf in Frozen, is playing LeFou. He does a spot on job from the little we have seen of him and I think is a perfect choice to play this role! Luke Evans, who is openly gay, plays Gaston. Beauty and the Beast comes out on March 17, 2017.

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