Anticipation is high for the live action Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the titular roles and this means that eager fans are waiting impatiently for the movie to debut. In the lead up to the movie’s wide premiere, there are interviews with members of the cast and production crew offering tidbits and insights into the film in order to at the very least whet the appetite of the fans. One of the big stories that recently came out about Beauty and the Beast‘s live action movie is the fact that there will be the first ever “gay moment” in a Disney film.
However, according to Cinema Blend, it would seem that there is going to be another big first for Disney in this particular movie. In an interview with Bill Condon, the director for Beauty and the Beast, it was revealed that for the first time ever there is not one, but two interracial kisses in the film. Condon shared that he did not even know he was making history when he filmed the scene in question.
In talking about the first ever interracial kiss in Disney history, Bill Condon said that he never gave the scene a second thought after filming it. Then at the preview for the film, the chairman of Disney let him know that the two kisses were in fact the first and second ever interracial kisses in a Disney movie, ever. Ultimately this shocked the director because he was truly surprised that it had never happened before and at the same time the people at Disney were really excited about the kisses as well.
Although both of the kisses take place at the end of Beauty and the Beast, they occur during a rather big moment in the movie anyway. The first ever interracial kisses in a Disney movie happen after the curse is broken and the residents of the castle turn back into humans. The very first happens between Stanley Tucci, who plays Credenza, and Audra McDonald, who plays Madame de Garderobe. He is a cursed musician who lives as a piano, while she is a singer who gets transformed into a wardrobe. The second kiss occurs just moments later between Ewan McGregor, who plays Lumiere and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Plumette.
While Beauty and the Beast as an animated movie has been considered an iconic classic, it would seem that the live action version is going to be history making for Disney. Not only is it bringing back a classic and much-loved story, but it will be offering not one, but two big firsts for Disney. Audiences will get to see just how updated the classic really is when the film debuts in theaters March 17, 2017.
By Dorothea James
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