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Emma Watson plays Belle and Dan Stevens is the Beast in a scene from Walt Disney Studios new live-action film, "Beauty and the Beast", opening this week at The Harbor Theatre, Boothbay Harbor.

Early iterations of Damien Chazelle's film, it was his Whiplash star Miles Teller who was set to play Sebastian in the film with Watson as Mia before both left the project and Ryan Gosling and Stone stepped in.

Referring to a cinema in Alabama that has cancelled the film over a gay character, he said: "And I think if you live anywhere near Alabama, you should not go and see this film".

Despite the initial approval of an edited version of "Beauty and the Beast", Disney has pulled the release of its new film from Malaysia.

The film's characters include manservant LeFou, who plays the sidekick to the story's villain Gaston, and, according to director Bill Condon, "is confused about his sexuality". "What would Jesus think?" When Colbert asked McGregor about the current controversy concerning the gay character of LeFou in the movie, Ewan had some poignant comments concerning the entire outrage.

Board Chairman Abdul Halim told The Associated Press, "We have approved [THE MOVIE], but there is a minor cut involving a gay moment".

Ian McKellen has poked fun at the uproar over the inclusion of a gay character in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast remake.

"I don't want people going into this movie thinking that there's like a huge narrative there", she added.

"It's not because I didn't want to", he said.

Russian Federation earlier this month approved the release of "Beauty and the Beast" with a rating limiting viewers to those 16 years and older. There's a lot of gay people around, why shouldn't they be in the movie.

The Scottish actor shocked Late Show host Stephen Colbert on Monday, March 13, when he confessed that he's never seen the iconic animated musical movie, despite starring as sentient French candlestick Lumiere in the 2017 film.

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