The Beauty and the Beast star didn't want her character to fall into the same unrealistic traps as the animated Disney princesses so she did everything she could to make her more normal.
The screening of the upcoming Walt Disney film, "Beauty and the Beast" in Malaysia has been postponed indefinitely pending a domestic review by Walt Disney Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.
The film's director, Bill Condon, recently revealed that Josh Gad's character LeFou will be at the centre of "a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie." But he can hardly believe the situation has become so beastly. "That's what's so great". Later on Monday it was announced that the film was pulled from release in Malaysia.
The character at the root of the controversy is LeFou, who is Gaston's sidekick and is played by Josh Gad in the film.
The former Harry Potter actress said she wanted to take on the character of Belle because "she's so fierce, she's so smart". The new Beauty and the Beast songs are written by Alan Menken, the man who wrote the original songs nearly 30 years ago.
Condon couldn't wait to put his spin on the classic Disney tale.
The synopsis is as follows: "A bright, handsome and independent young woman Belle is taken as a prisoner by a beast in his castle".
"I was thrilled to find out that she loved the original, and she loved the way I played Belle, and we saw her the same way", O'Hara says.
McGregor made the outburst on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert after the chat show host touched on the "little bit of controversy" in the film.
The Scotsman addressed the furore in as plain a way as possible, telling USA talk-show host Stephen Colbert: "It's 2017, for f*** sake". You don't ban a film because of a gay character", he said. "All these years even without the gay character in the Beauty and the Beast, there are also gays in the world. Is he in love with Gaston? "What's the relationship there?"
In an interview with People (via Variety), Gad talks of the moment in question, saying the "gay moment" is "subtle but incredibly effective" and "everything that needed to be said on this issue has definitely been said".