With Beauty and the Beast debuting in theaters around the world as of March 17, more of the cast are opening up about getting to be a part of the iconic story’s remake into a live action film. In a new interview, Luke Evans opens up about bringing the character of Gaston to life, as well as singing for the first time on the big screen and even getting people to laugh after having done so many darker roles.
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Luke Evans shared that he had not sung since his days on stage, but that it was his time on the stage that actually helped him land the role of Gaston. A casting director who had seen him perform many years back in a musical called Piaf, decided he would be right for the part and waited for the right time to bring the idea to director Bill Condon.
For the last few years, Luke Evans has not sung and even with offers for parts that might include singing, he had not found anything that really called to him. It even took him awhile to decide to move forward with Beauty and the Beast because he had not seen the animated film in years and it took him sitting down with his godchildren and rewatching the movie to make the decision that this was the right choice for him. Ultimately, he felt that the part of Gaston was a brilliant role and he knew he had to do it.
Another thing that Luke Evans opened up about was giving Gaston his backstory in the live action Beauty and the Beast. According to the actor this was something that Bill Condon came up with and they decided to run with. Going deeper into where this character comes from and who he is certainly helps to enrich the story. As Luke Evans points out Gaston was at one point in time a captain in the army and this is something even his costume reflects. He is a man who consistently looks dapper and at his very best. Gaston is also a hunter, who rides a horse and carries a gun.
With his expanded backstory, Gaston was at one point in time a man who helped to save his village, ultimately giving his hero status, which is something that brings him happiness. These memories make him happy and he wants to relive this even now. When Belle rejects him, it dents his ego and it is being rejected for someone else that leads to him pretty much losing it and becoming more of a villain than a hero.
While the new Beauty and the Beast certainly sticks to the animated tale, it also adds more detail and backstory for many of the characters. With Luke Evans’ Gaston, there is more depth and interest to the man than just a self-absorbed man who can not stand rejection and chooses to destroy the Beast in order to ensure the safety of his village and get the girl. Whether he is singing about himself or attempting to be the hero to the village, there is more to Gaston than there ever was before and Luke Evans seems to be the perfect fit for the dashing villain of the story. With Beauty and the Beast now in theaters, audiences will get their chance to see the more fleshed out Gaston for themselves.
By Dorothea James