Bill Condon, director of 'Beauty and the Beast' gave an interview to Vanity Fair about his movies. Here's what he had to say about 'B&B'.
So excited to see this adaptation! Did you have Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, or Luke Evans sing certain songs from the movie when they auditioned. If so, what?
Actually, I had them all sing “Hakuna Matata,” just to confuse them.
How are you changing the story to reflect the third dimension that the animated original did not have?
We’re actually here in Belle’s poor provincial town right now, corralling an angry mob, which has always been a dream of any Frankenstein fan . . . I wouldn’t say we’re changing the story so much as sort of making connections that in a lot of cases were right under the surface. Honestly, there are so many people who love the original film and love the Broadway show, and they’ve had two decades now to pick them apart and point out big questions and plot holes, and in a lot of places we looked at those and said, “Hey, that’s a good question,” or “That’s an excellent point, why don’t these townspeople know anything about this huge castle that’s like a mile away from their village?,” and used those as jumping off points for our own discussions. So hopefully, this will be a film where a die-hard fan can jump up and say “exactly!”
Would you please give us one clue about the ballroom dance sequence? Thank you!
It was one of the first scenes we shot, and it was really magical. You will believe a beast can waltz.