Luke Evans almost turned down the role of Gaston in the new ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

The 37-year-old actor admitted that he almost said no to the part of the villian in the new live-action film – the role in which he has delighted fans and critics in – because he wasn’t sure about it.

He told The Hollywood Reporter: “It took a couple of tries by my agents to get me in for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ because I hadn’t really watched the animated movie for a very long time and I had forgotten how great the journey of Gaston is. You see all the facets of the character, from the loveable rogue to the buffoon to the jealous, revengeful sort of monster that he becomes by the end of the movie. So, it actually took me sitting down and watching the cartoon with my godchildren which made me see how brilliant the role was and that I totally should do it.

“If there’s one thing I’m comfortable doing in this life it’s singing. It’s like therapy to me. I’ll sing to anybody at any time, at anything, I will just sing. I love to sing. It was a joy for me to finally get to do it on the big screen in such a wonderful vehicle as Beauty and the Beast, playing this character with those songs. It was magic.”

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