The live-action reimagining of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is definitely one of 2017's most talked-about movies. It's certainly a tale as old as time, and one many are aching to relive. One of the questions being asked about the movie is how different or similar it will be to the original animated film. As for Gaston's part, Luke Evans shared details about the character.
Gaston is the main antagonist in the 1991 "Beauty and the Beast" film. He is a burly huntsman who's also rude, narcissistic and self-absorbed. He is adored by many of the women in the village, except Belle, whom he desires to marry.
In portraying the role, Evans said he was able to exercise a rare theatricality to bring the character to life. "There's definitely a theatricality that I can bring to this role that I don't usually get to do," Evans told Cinema Blend. "There's a slight heightened reality to the film. It's Disney and we're re-creating a much loved Disney story. He's larger than life in every respect. No, it's definitely really fun to play."
Evans shared that there's a great arc and character development for Gaston in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" Live action film. He starts off as a goofy buffoon, but by the end of the film, he becomes the big bad to Belle and Beast's happily ever after.
"He starts as a kind of lovable rogue - says all these self-absorbed egocentric phrases and has his crazy sidekick," Evans teased. "And then once he starts to realize he's not going to get his own way, the facade starts to crack, and there's a monster appears, and he ends up being quite the villain."
With that said, it appears Bill Condon's "Beauty and the Beast" is not that far from the original source material.
"Beauty and the Beast" also stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as The Beast. The movie's stellar cast of characters also includes Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza and Kevin Kline as Maurice. The movie will hit theaters on March 17, 2017.