Ewan McGregor Shuts Down 'Beauty and the Beast' Gay Character Controversy

Director Bill Condon has stoked controversy leading up to the movie's US release by drawing attention to a "gay moment" between fawning sidekick LeFou, played by Josh Gad (inset), and villainous leading man Gaston, played by Luke Evans.

"No, I think he's a gay character", responds McGregor calmly. "It's 2017 for f-k's sake", McGregor exclaimed to Colbert Monday night (March 13).

More actors from Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" are weighing in on the gay character controversy, mocking Christians and other people who are concerned about taking their kids to the film. LeFou, played by Josh Gad, has emotional feelings for Gaston, played by Luke Evans.

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Disney has postponed the release of Beauty and the Beast in Malaysia, even after editors cut a brief shot of a "gay moment" between two characters. McGregor then finished with "what would Jesus think?"

The live-action film's director, Bill Condon, first discussed the scene in an interview with Attitude, a gay British magazine. "He's confused about what he wants".

The actress, 26, stars in the new live-action version of the 1991 animated film as Belle, opposite ex-Downton Abbey actor Dan Stevens as the Beast. You have a character in the form of Gaston who does what?

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The NCCS urged pastors and church leaders to warn members of their congregation, especially parents, to be aware of the movie's "possible influence on their children who watch it, however subtle".

Studio bosses pulled the film three days before it was due to hit cinemas in the country and said a review was taking place.

So much so that a Singaporean bishop, Rennis Ponniah of St. Andrew's Cathedral, published a statement this week alerting the congregation about the film's openly "gay" subplot. "And I just think with her old-soul quality about her as an actress, and she's incredibly intelligent and handsome, it doesn't hurt, and she's going to be fantastic".

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