It’s also interesting that you give a reason why all the people in the castle are cursed as well as is Beast.

Well, again, it just made it more interesting to think that in a way they are…they see themselves as culpable. You know, that somehow you want to answer the question, okay, you sort of tried to answer the question of how did Belle and Maurice wind up here? How did that prince wind up being get to the point where he was so monstrous that he was worthy of being cursed, you know? And part of it is this more complicated relationship with the people who raised him. Even Mrs. Potts bears some responsibility. And that again, it starts to seem like you’re in an adult world or more nuanced real world.

Beauty and the Beast - Josh Gad as Lefou

Yeah. You’ve talked a little bit about the choice of making Josh Gad’s character gay. And it’s done beautifully. And he steals the movie.

Oh, that’s interesting.

I want to know how did that come about? Was that in the scripting phase? Was that something that was kind of developed on set with Gad? Or like…

Yeah, it was just, you know, it’s so weird. I feel like it’s such, I almost don’t wanna even like get into it because I feel like it’s such a minor, delicate surprise in the movie.

Yeah, I know, it’s so subtle.

It’s so subtle. Yeah. It’s not worth it, you know what I mean? It was just things that happened, really. And it was always meant to be just this little smile, you know? I think it’s been overstated.

Beauty and the Beast - Beast (Dan Stevens) and Belle (Emma Watson) in library

One of the things that I think anybody seeing this film will be blown away is the production design.

Yeah, Sarah Greenwood is great.

If it does not get nominated… Like I know it’s early in the year to say that but really, seriously, if it doesn’t…

Yeah, that’s funny. Yeah. Well, I mean, it was a thrill to get Sarah. I tried before to get her on a movie and it was a thrill to finally work with her. And I have to say out of our, you know, our first meetings we kind of mutually decided that we were gonna set it specifically in the beginning of the 18th Century. It wasn’t gonna be a kind of mythical fairy tale version of France. It was gonna be set at the moment when the story was written.

And it seems to me out of that idea came everything, because then you start to look at objects from that period and you start to see they’re so ornate that yes, you could discern lips and a face and all those things in that candlestick or you see how incredibly decorated a teapot is in that period, you know, painted and beautiful filigree. So throughout, it was her notion that there was a sort of cancer growing through that castle and that kind of it started in the Beast’s lair and spread from there.

And there were rooms that were still untouched. So that idea of the curse creating an architecture that defied gravity. If you look at those columns, they’re gone and that it’s almost as though all the right angles have melted into curves. And there’s no way in which in a way that castle should still be standing. I thought that was a really inspired idea.

Lumiere and cogsworth from beauty and the beast

When this comes on Blu-ray or DVD is there any like deleted scenes or–?

Sure, absolutely. Yeah.

What is something that people can look forward to?

Well, there was something that I think turned out to be probably too low humor. You know, the humor was probably too low for where we ultimately wound up. But there was a thing that I loved where your favorite character, LeFou, gets away from the battle, which he doesn’t want to be a part of at all [and] sort of hides in a closet and it turns out to be a water closet. And Monsieur Toilette attacks him.

And then it was a wonderful cameo, which we kept secret, which is that it was Steven Merchant in the end and in all those reunions, he comes out and you realize that he’s absolutely traumatized ’cause he spent 10 years as a toilet. And he has and he and Josh had this priceless little scene together.

Well, that’s great. Thank you very much.

Thank you.

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