I’ll never forget the time that I saw Beauty and the Beast for the first time in theaters. It was in the winter of 1991, I was fifteen years old, and it was the first time that my parents let me go to a theater alone with my girlfriends. All I remember was being captivated by the music, falling in love with the characters, and realizing that true love really does exist.
Flash forward over 25 years, and I find myself falling in love with the story all over again when watching the live action version in a Los Angeles theater. Only this time, I wasn’t the teenager, my two children sitting next to me were. I got to watch my fifteen-year-old son fall in love with the story just as much as I did, and it was pure magic.
I wasn’t the only one who had sentimental feelings about the movie, so did Josh Gad. After seeing the new Beauty and the Beast movie, I had the extreme honor of being invited to attend the press junket for the film. The event began with an unforgettable performance by Alan Menken, Josh Gad, and Luke Evans – I cried.
After the performance, the audience asked the cast a lot of questions about the film, and there was one response that really stood out to me. That was when Josh Gad talked about his reaction to getting the part of LeFou in the film. Josh Gad immediately shared with the audience that when he got the call about getting to be in the film, he immediately flashed back to when he was a kid. He said, “I was 10 years old, it was 1991, and I saw the movie in a small theater in South Florida, and I remember that the response was something I had never seen before, which was audiences applauding after these animated characters were singing these songs. It was very unusual.”
Josh Gad couldn’t help but sneak in a little joke with his reaction by saying, ” The Great Mouse Detective didn’t have much applause when I saw it,” and the entire audience at the press junket broke out into laughter. He continued to say, “What Ashman and Menken brought to the Disney library was hearkening back to a time of the Sherman Brothers, of you know, the early days of Disney.”
Once the news about him getting the part set in, Josh Gad began to feel nauseous. He went into his office and began singing and started to choke up. “You cut to like yourself as a kid, you think back to yourself as a kid, you’re like, oh my god, I’m doing this, like I’m doing this for real, and I’m going to be the version that a lot of kids are going to see,” said Gad.
Then his kids walked into his office where he was singing. “They were tickled that Daddy was singing this song that they know so well. I thought to myself, this is going to work, this is going to work, we’re going to work at it, but we’re going to make it our own,” said Gad.
“That is like the stuff that dreams are made of.” Josh Gad
Don’t miss seeing Josh Gad bring the character of LeFou to life in the film Beauty and the Beast in theaters on March 17th. Learn more about the film online, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.