Let me tell you when I say I was excited to interview Emma Watson and Dan Stevens, I was EXCITED! However, the interview I was looking forward to the most was Luke Evans and Josh Gad. I like funny. Funny is my love language. We had just seen Beauty the Beast the night before, and they were my favorites. The moment those two walked in the door, they kept us and themselves, laughing the entire time. It was like watching two besties hang out and chat.
Luke Evans and Josh Gad Interview
Earlier we received a surprise performance of them singing “Gaston” from Beauty and the Beast with Alan Menken on piano. Wow, just wow! You can check out a snippet that I caught.
When they walked into the room, we mentioned how much we loved the performance.
Josh: “The truth is, you don’t need to beg us to do a performance. Luke and I will sing at the drop of a coin. But it’s a problem, actually, that’s really – I never thought I’d be someone who was so willing to sing for no reason at all. Until I met Luke Evans.”
Luke: We are literally cut from the same cloth.
Total bromance going on, and I LOVE it!
What Made Them Accept the Roles of Gaston and LeFou?
Josh: “The money….It was one of those – no, honestly, I literally would have done this movie for nothing. It was – and the reason I signed on was because it was so iconic. And it was so – Beauty and the Beast was my Frozen. You know, like this was the movie I saw five times as a kid.
You know what I mean? And like, that was just recreating these moments, these iconic moments that I grew up with, knowing that my daughters are gonna grow up with this as hopefully their definitive version of the story.”
Awwwwwww. Where’s my heart eyes emoji?
“Beauty and the Beast was my Frozen”
Luke: That psycho smile.
Josh: With that – yeah, they looked at the first poster and they were terrified. Their response was like, the little kid seeing Jack Nicholson in “The Shining” for the first time, where he is so creepy. But it is true, like I – the other thing is, and I was saying this to Luke. I can’t think of a big screen musical, live action, that my kids have seen on the silver screen in their lifetimes. And that is unacceptable to me. Like coming from musical theater. But think about that. Like, we’re not gonna take ‘em to Moulin Rouge.
So I can see Josh’s point…it’s a little Shining like.
Luke: “My godchildren are very young and I’ve got lots of kids in my family who are just a little tired of me making movies that they can’t watch. So the day that I got offered it, the first thing I did was text all their parents and just say to them, ‘I’m gonna be in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, and they can finally come to the cinema.’”
What Was Their Favorite Scene in Beauty and the Beast?
Luke: “It would have to be for me, the Gaston tavern sequence. For two reasons. One, my song. Two, it was the one piece of the whole film where we got to rehearse for four to five weeks. Because it was incredibly technical. So we had all the villagers in the room. There’s vignette stories going on which you have to watch it a few times to know that, all that took a lot of time. Honestly, the music was playing throughout the whole thing, and there were swords, there were murals that we have to reflect in the back of each shot, and it was a lot of stuff going on, which took time and development and collaboration and a lot of working it out. But that’s what we come from. We have come from the theater, we’re used to that rehearsal experience, and so to have that on a film, was a joy.”
Josh: “Yeah, yeah. I agree. Not to sound redundant, but it is Gaston. You know, it’s so rewarding to watch an audience now, after two years of working on this in some capacity or another. To now share it with an audience and see the adrenaline boost that it gives the film when all of a sudden, out of nowhere this up tempo song with people dancing on the table. You can feel the energy of the audience wanting to jump into that, and raise a glass to Gaston alongside of you. That is the brilliance again of these Menken and Ashman songs, they are so unbelievably addicting.”
You guys. I die at this scene. IT’S PERFECTION! The eye movements, the dancing, the looks, the arrogance. Pure perfection.
Y’all know I love a good villain. I like to dress up like them for Halloween and race costumes. So I’m about to declare something BIG. Here it is: Luke Evans is the best Gaston I have ever seen! There. I said it. It has been proclaimed. And I’ve known many a Gastons in my life.
I’m serious though. At first you start rooting for him, and you love him, and then you start to hate him. I can’t say enough about his performance.
Luke: “I’ve always said a massive part of my creation of a character, especially somebody like Gaston – the look is half of his ego. The hair and the fitted red leather. We went to about four or five incarnations of that leather jacket before we found the right color of blood red. That represented the sinister part of his nature. Because I don’t know if you noticed, but that red jacket which is obviously so synonymous with Gaston in the original, and it’s the same here. That only goes on when he puts Maurice into the carriage to lock him up. And that’s the first time you see it, and we made that conscious decision.”
“….and you put the wig on and there you go. I remember taking it off on the last day and my hair and makeup lady’s like, “Okay, well, say goodbye to the final time see you, Gaston.” And she took it off, knowing, “Well, hello you.” And she was like, ‘oh no. No.’ I was joking, obviously.”
But was he? Bwahahaha!
Luke: “But he was a hard character to let go. I think we both felt very sad to let them go, because we’d had so much fun and brought so much happiness to villains. It is to make people laugh.”
Really, Josh Gad, What Did Daisy Ridley Tell You About The Last Jedi?
Because I am for the people, I had to blurt this question out as Josh Gad was walking out of the room. Have you seen those hilarious videos of how Josh Gad tries to get info out of Daisy Ridley about Star Wars: The Last Jedi? I die laughing every time I watch. So yes, I asked. He told me nothing! I couldn’t get him to crack, but he did say there would be surprises. Lots of surprises. Gah!
— Josh Gad (@joshgad) February 8, 2017
This interview was so fun! Both Luke Evans and Josh Gad really make Beauty and the Beast a joy to watch. Their characters are good for tons of laughs.
Beauty and the Beast opens in theaters on Friday, March 17!
Thank you, Disney, for inviting me to interview some of the cast of Beauty and the Beast and providing travel and accommodations. All opinions about how Gaston and LeFou are my favorites ever are all my own.