Bill Condon is getting tired of everyone talking about his new film’s “gay moment.”
The director of the live-action remake of Disney’s fairy tale classic, “Beauty and the Beast,” told Vulture that he’s had enough of discussing the sexuality of Gaston’s sidekick LeFou, played by Josh Gad, which is the character that the moment features.
“Can I just say, I’m sort of sick of this,” explained the 61-year-old to the publication. “Because you’ve seen the movie — it’s such a teeny thing, and it’s been overblown.”
When the writer asked for Condon’s interpretation of the headline-making scene, he quickly dismissed the question, instead insisting that viewers should see the scene for themselves to better make sense of it.
“Well, people haven’t seen the movie,” he said. “They have to see the movie, and they’ll understand that it’s not what it’s about.”
Condon also added that “Beauty and the Beauty” features much more diversity than just the highly-talked about LeFou.
“That was so important,” said Condon on going for a level of diversity. “We have interracial couples — this is a celebration of everybody’s individuality, and that’s what’s exciting about it.”
Condon previously told U.K.’s Attitude magazine about LeFou experiencing a “gay moment” in the film.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” said Condon, according to the Telegraph. “He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realizing that he has these feelings.”
He also added that Gad did an excellent job in referencing LeFou’s sexuality in a clever way.
“…Josh [Gad] makes something really subtle and delicious out it said,” said Condon. “And that’s what has its pay-off at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it’s a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”
Walt Disney has since shelved the release of “Beauty and the Beast” in mainly Muslim Malaysia, even though film censors said it has been approved with a minor cut involving the scene.
The country’s two main cinema chains said the movie, due to begin screening Thursday, has been postponed indefinitely. No reason was given.