Beauty and the Beast villain ready to be 'hated'
Luke Evans has told Sky News he is ready to be “hated” when people see him as villain Gaston in Disney’s upcoming Beauty And The Beast film.
The film, which stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the partially CGI-animated Beast, will be released worldwide on 17 March.
Evans, 37, plays Gaston, a “handsome, egotistical hunter” determined to win over Belle’s affection.
The Welsh star said it was “a real honour to bring an animated character to life”, especially “one of Disney’s most loved and hated bad guys”.
“I brought it to the silver screen and to a live-action version which will really deliver to the fans of the original and to a new generation,” he told Sky News.
“This will be the first time some will have seen or heard of this story.”
Evans said he thought people would love the new film, adding: “It just takes you on a journey – Disney know how to do it and they do it very well in this one.”
In the original 1991 movie, Gaston’s evil deeds lead him to a deadly final battle with the hero.
“Lots of kids will be running from me when I come to the premiere,” Evans said. “You know, it’s part of the process.”
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Watson has reportedly asked Disney to change her character’s background, to deliver a more modern take on a female character.
“So, we created a backstory for Belle,” she said, “which was that she had invented a kind of washing machine, so that, instead of doing laundry, she could sit and use that time to read instead. So, yeah, we made Belle an inventor.”
The film’s trailer was viewed a record 127.6 million times in its first 24 hours online, beating Fifty Shades Darker and the final Rogue One trailer.