Beauty And The Beast Interview With Luke Evans And Josh Gad #BeOurGuestEvent

Are you looking forward to seeing the live action Beauty And The Beast movie? We have an exclusive interview from Gaston and Le Fou’s viewpoint. Post sponsored by Disney. All opinions are my own.

Beauty And The Beast Interview With Luke Evans And Josh Gad #BeOurGuestEvent

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Our exclusive interview with Luke Evans and Josh Gad was so much fun with so many laughs! I first fell for Josh Gad when he played Olaf from Frozen. Olaf is one of my favorite characters, he is so innocent but so enduring and dependable. Luke Evans and Josh Gad star as Gaston and LeFou in Beauty And The Beast in the Live Action Film.

After experiencing our Luke Evans and Josh Gad interview, you will see how much of a similarity their backgrounds are! They also finished each other’s sentences or thoughts, it was pretty hilarious!

Question: First of all, thank you for that performance.

Josh Gad: The truth is, you don’t need to beg us to do a performance. Luke and I will sing at the drop of a coin. But it’s a problem, actually, that’s really – I never thought I’d be someone who was so willing to sing for no reason at all. Until I met Luke Evans.

Luke Evans: We are literally cut from the same cloth.

Josh Gad: Yeah, we are.

Luke and Josh discussing their singing

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Question: I feel like there was a lot of off screen trouble between the two of you, is that –

Josh Gad: Still is. We like to go –

Luke Evans: – Cause trouble wherever we go. But make people laugh in the process. It was just a lot of fun playing these characters. You know, first of all, we were massive, massive fans of the original. You know, we were both kids when they came out. He was 10, I was 12. I was in South Wales, he was in South Florida. And the climate was rather different.

It probably meant even more to me ’cause it was always dark and gloomy where I came from. So to go in and watch a Disney film in the little cinema in our village was the highlight of my year! Always was. And to bring them to life, we both felt very lucky. And we knew that we could have a lot of fun and laugh. And there were moments when some of the funniest moments we had, I think are things that we made up on the moment.

Josh Gad: Oh yeah. The first sequence when the two of us are riding in that wagon with Maurice. That whole idea of calming Luke down with stories about the war was something that we literally came up with on the spot. Yeah, weirdoes and all that.

Josh discussing the wagon scene

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Josh Gad: And we had about like 30 variations of it. Some of them were even more insane than what you see on the screen. But you’re always hoping, when you get paired with somebody – and I’ve had a couple of those films that I’ve done, where it’s all about the chemistry between the two characters. And the day I met Luke, especially because I didn’t even realize we both came from musical theater.

Luke from the West Side, me from Broadway. And so we have this common language and this common understanding. And this common goal of wanting to do justice to a movie that was so – I cannot stress this enough – so pivotal in our childhoods.

The second golden age of Disney animation from LITTLE MERMAID to BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, to ALADDIN then to LION KING, defined my growing up. They really did. I was 10 years old when BEAUTY AND THE BEAST came out. And those Allen Menken, Howard Ashman songs, they really were the soundtrack to my childhood. And so bringing a song like Gaston to life, that’s like a dream come true. So it was incredible.

Gaston on the wagon

Question: How did you feel when you tried on your Gaston for the first time?

Josh Gad: Oh, I can tell you, Luke with his body felt a lot better than I did. I can tell you right off the bat.

Luke Evans: I’ve always said a massive part of my creation of a character, especially somebody like Gaston – the look is half of his ego. Tthe hair and the fitted red leather. We went to about four or five incarnations of that leather jacket before we found the right color of blood red.

That represented the sinister part of his nature. Because I don’t know if you noticed, but that red jacket which is obviously so synonymous with Gaston in the original. And it’s the same here. That only goes on when he puts Maurice into the carriage to lock him up. And that’s the first time you see it. And we made that conscious decision. When you put something on like that, there was so much work in it, those buttons all and antlers on each button. And I had a pinky ring which was an antler impressed into red stone.

It was all antler themed, as you can imagine. It looked fantastic and you put the wig on and there you go. I remember taking it off on the last day and my hair and makeup lady’s like, “Okay, well, say goodbye to the final time see you, Gaston.” And she took it off, knowing, “Well, hello you.” And she was like, oh no. No. I was joking, obviously.

But he was a hard character to let go. I think we both felt very sad to let them go. Because we’d had so much fun and brought so much happiness to villains, it is to make people laugh.

Luke Evans: Yeah, that’s quite a gift, you know, ’cause usually you just make them hate you. But we had the opportunity to do both. And they love you at the end. I mean, like full redemption.

Josh Gad: Well, no, and that was important, with LeFou in particular. The character in the original movie is, he is a product of cartoon conceits, right? He has his teeth knocked out. He’s literally thrown across rooms by Gaston multiple times. There’s –

Gaston and LeFou facing off

Josh Gad: Yeah. There is a part where snow falls on him and makes him a snowman. Which I tried. Which I fought to bring in the movie. And for me it was about adding dimension, I think for every character. About adding dimension. And one of the things that I really loved about LeFou in this particular version is, he does have this interesting arc where he starts to question the blind devotion that he has to this person who, during the course of the film, turns into the real monster. And that was such an interesting thing to play.

And again, we didn’t want to just literally recreate a movie that, in of itself is pretty perfect, right? You can’t do that. You have to keep building on the legacy of that which everybody is waiting and looking forward to. But also give them new surprises. And for us the new songs, the new moment, all of it adds up in its collective experience, that feels old in the best way. But also new in an amazing way. And that was so important to us.

LeFou and Gaston on horseback

Question: What made you truly sign on to do this iconic movie?

Josh Gad: The money. It was one of those – no, honestly, I literally would have done this movie for nothing. It was – and the reason I signed on was because it was so iconic. And it was so – BEAUTY AND THE BEAST was my FROZEN. You know, like this was the movie I saw five times as a kid.

You know what I mean? And like, that was just recreating these moments, these iconic moments that I grew up with, knowing that my daughters are gonna grow up with this as hopefully their definitive version of the story.

Luke Evans: That psycho smile.

Luke and Josh discusing the movie poster

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Josh Gad: With that – yeah, they looked at the first poster and they were terrified. Their response was like, the little kid seeing Jack Nicholson in THE SHINING for the first time. Where he is so creepy. But it is true, like I – the other thing is, and I was saying this to Luke. I can’t think of a big screen musical, live action, that my kids have seen on the silver screen in their lifetimes. And that is unacceptable to me. Like coming from musical theater. But think about that. Like, we’re not gonna take ‘em to MOULIN ROUGE, we’re not gonna take them to –

Luke Evans: LES MIS.

Josh Gad: LES MIS. You can’t take ‘em to NINE. This is gonna be for many of your kids and my kids certainly, the first time they ever see a musical screen, that isn’t animated. That’s huge. That’s huge.

Luke Evans discusing telling his family about the movie

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Luke Evans: My godchildren are very young and I’ve got lots of kids in my family, who are just a little tired of me noodling movies that they can’t watch. So the day that I got offered it, the first thing I did was text all their parents and just say to them, “I’m gonna be in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and they can finally come to the cinema.”

And they all were at the London premiere. And weirdly, they were happy but also a little sad that I was the bad guy. Oh yeah, all right. Well, you know, I’m finally the baddest guy, he is. Oh, we can’t win on here. Like, it’s a process, all right?

 

Question: Was there any parts that were challenging for your roles?

Luke Evans: The physicality of the fight sequence at the end was going to be demanding. Because it took a lot of stunt rehearsals and training.

And I was on cables and I had to land, I had to jump and I just sort of reflect what the Beast was doing on another – terror, doing it in his beastly way. Where I am just a human being. So I have to find a way about doing it like Spiderman with long hair. I managed to get it by the time we shot it. But I think it was about a 42 foot paddy leap that I do in the film with a cable. And it’s a trust exercise. I mean, you’re trusting – it’s not a stunt guy, you know, with your life. And it’s an interesting thing to do. But I found that quite challenging. But very rewarding. And thank god it’s in the film. They often don’t make the movie and then you’re really annoyed.

 

Question: What was your favorite scene in the movie?

Luke Evans: It would have to be for me, the Gaston tavern sequence. For two reasons. One, my song. Two, it was the one piece of the whole film where we got to rehearse for four to five weeks. Because it was incredibly technical. So we had all the villagers in the room. There’s vignette stories going on which you have to watch it a few times to know that, all that took a lot of time. And honestly, the music was playing throughout the whole thing. And there was swords, there was murals that we have to reflect in the back of each shot.

And it was a lot of stuff going on, which took time and development and collaboration and a lot of working it out. But that’s what we come from. We have come from the theater, we’re used to that rehearsal experience. And so to have that on a film, was a joy.

Josh Gad: Yeah, yeah. I agree. Not to sound redundant, but it is Gaston. You know, it’s so rewarding to watch an audience now, after two years of working on this in some capacity or another. To now share it with an audience. And see the adrenaline boost that it gives the film when all of a sudden, out of nowhere this up tempo song with people dancing on the table.

And you can feel the energy of the audience wanting to jump into that. And raise a glass to Gaston alongside of you. And that is the brilliance again of these Menken and Ashman songs, they are so unbelievably addicting.

Luke Evans: For two years, crazy.

Josh Gad: And yeah. And it’s not because we want to, it’s because we can’t stop. It’s because we are literally haunted by these songs.

Luke Evans: So, and for once, I think that the other night when we had the, for the world premiere here in Los Angeles. And people clapped at the end of our number. I mean, it’s crazy. We’ve done what we needed to do here. We are taking people out of the world in which we live, and made them escape into this wonderfully technical emotion of this story. Which we are really proud of.

Beauty And The Beast opens in theaters everywhere on March 17th!

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Comments

  1. Wendy Pence says:

    So excited for the live action Beauty and the Beast film!

  2. The two of them singing is priceless.

  3. These two look like they really fit! This is going to be a great movie!

  4. These two were so good together in Beauty and the Beast. So much fun to watch them!

  5. I love this duo! And they are hilarious!

  6. He looks like he would be a great Gaston!

  7. Wow I never realized how much thought and effort goes into these productions duh! If I ever wanted to be in a movie, this would be the one! Looks like they had a lot of fun making it!

  8. They were a fantastic addition to the cast, I really enjoyed them

  9. Gaston is one of my least favorite Disney villians, but I always did love his singing voice! LOL

  10. tat2gurlzrock says:

    These two guys are so funny! They are great together!

  11. Hannah C says:

    They are so funny! I love them! I still can’t wait to see the movie.

  12. Chrissy says:

    I love that they like each other so much in real life and that they are such fans of the original movie! I saw the movie with my girlfriends as soon as it came out and I think that their love of the original really comes out in their acting in the new movie!

  13. accontests6 says:

    Great movie!

  14. Looks like a good remake.

  15. Darcy Koch says:

    These 2 guys seem like good friends who act together beautifully. I can’t believe all the great actors starring in this movie.

  16. I will be seeing this movie next week!

  17. Kelly Kimmell says:

    We have seen the movie twice now, I think Luke & Josh are a hilarious duo.

  18. It is very obvious from the way these two answered your questions that they are more than two actors playing a part in the movie. They really seem to like each other and can ad lib off of each other, which makes the characters that much more believable. I love how they both came from such drastically different places but share the same love of music.

  19. Suzanne Leavitt says:

    Stunning performance.

  20. I love them both so much. Funny interview and both of them together on screen in this movie was amazing. Perfect casting choices.

  21. Michelle s says:

    Such a candid interview-I have yet to see the movie, but I am waiting for the crowds to die down.

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