- Josh Gad talks about playing "LeFou" in Beauty and the Beast
- Gad doesn't think his character was LGBTQ+ representation
- The actor reflected on how a certain moment was billed
Josh Gad wishes Disney had done more with "LeFou"! The actor recently spoke to The Independent about his role in the 2017 live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, reflecting on why he feels like his character was ultimately a bit of a letdown.
Gad says Disney "should have gone further" with "LeFou"
Gad commented on how "LeFou" has a brief scene near the end of Beauty and the Beast that's been touted by director Bill Condon as an "exclusively gay moment," sharing his thoughts on the matter. He said that despite this proclamation of Disney offering audiences LGBTQ+ representation through "LeFou," he thinks they "didn't go far enough" with the character.
The actor admitted he isn't happy about how the scene with "LeFou" was billed. "My regret in what happened is that it became 'Disney's first explicitly gay moment' and it was never intended to be that," Gad explained. Reflecting on the movie, he stated that he doesn't think Beauty and the Beast "did justice to what a real gay character in a Disney film should be," saying the studio "should have gone further" with portraying "LeFou's" sexuality.
Gad also reflected on the significance of meaningful representation. "Everybody deserves an opportunity to see themselves onscreen," he said, "and I don't think we've done enough — and I certainly haven't done enough to do that." Cara Delevigne recently spoke out about the lack of LGBTQ+ role models when she was growing up, and while there are more openly queer stars today, the ability to feel truly represented in films and television is still important!