Emma Watson thinks Josh Gad’s “subtle” performance in Beauty and the Beast is “fantastic”.

The 26-year-old actress – who plays Belle in the new live-action version of the fairytale – has heaped praise on her co-star for his portrayal of LeFou.
LeFou is Disney’s first openly gay character and Emma has praised the way Josh Gad has made it so it isn’t entirely clear whether or not he has a crush on his friend Gaston [Luke Evans].

Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican, she said: “I think that’s what’s so fantastic about Josh’s performance is that it’s so subtle.

“It’s always like, ‘Does he idolise Gaston? Is he in love with Gaston? What’s the relationship there?’

“I think it’s incredibly subtle, to be perfectly honest. I don’t want people going into this movie thinking there’s a huge narrative there.”

Director Bill Condon previously admitted the film features a “nice gay moment” and also praised the “subtle” performance.

He said: “LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He’s confused about what he wants. It’s somebody who’s just realising that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it. And that’s what has its payoff at the end, which I don’t want to give away. But it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.”

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