Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Two of the most beloved men in showbiz, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda, are teaming up this fall for what will hopefully be Disney Animation’s next smash hit. But before we get to Moana, the pair took a moment to pay homage to an old Disney animated classic. In an incredibly charming video below, you can see the pair doing a duet of “Gaston,” from 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. You can probably guess which one played Gaston.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who helped write music for Moana, posted the Dwayne Johnson Gaston video when he temporarily took over Disney Animation’s Instagram.
Liked that? Here it is again from another angle, as shared by Dwayne Johnson on Instagram.
“Oh my God that is the Rock.. GASTON!” ???? For our next act Lin Manuel Miranda and I will tour the globe singing hip hop music in the spirit of show tunes. After working w/ Lin on our movie #MOANA and having the privilege of singing songs he wrote, it’s easy to see why the creator of Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize winning HAMILTON is a genius. And the best part about it is he’s a genuinely great and humble dude. Look forward to working w you again my friend. #LinManuel #TheRock #TheHipHopShowTunesWorldDopenessTour #TheBrownBaldTattooedGaston ????????
As a singer, Johnson isn’t quite at Miranda’s level — which is understandable, seeing as Miranda is a bonafide Broadway star just coming off of the hottest musical in recent memory. But Johnson is good enough, and he’s got energy and enthusiasm to spare. Someone should really think about casting this guy in a live-action musical someday. Luke Evans and Josh Gad really have their work cut out for them in next year’s live-action Beauty and the Beast if they want to top Johnson and Miranda’s excellent performance.
It wasn’t all covers of old Disney classics, though. Miranda also shared a snippet of a song from Moana with Johnson and Auli’i Cravalho.
Moana arrives November 23.
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