During Beauty and the Beast‘s lengthy, celebrated run on Broadway, one moment always guaranteed big laughs: the Beast is attempting to invite Belle to dinner, but he knows no way to do it other than in a brash, abrasive, uninviting manner. Trying to help are his faithful servants, who instruct him to be gentler … and even try a smile. It doesn’t go well.
You can now watch how the scene unfolds in Disney’s soon-to-land live-action film version of Beauty and the Beast in the exclusive clip above.
It’s a turning point in the story as the Beast (Dan Stevens), unaware that Belle (Emma Watson) is plotting an escape, shows for the first time that there’s some humanity buried under that intimidating, rugged, hairy exterior. Fortunately for him, Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson), Lumière (Ewan McGregor), Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), and Plumette (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) are on hand to Cyrano de Bergerac him.
Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls) and based on a screenplay adapted by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Evan Spiliotopoulos (Hercules), Beauty and the Beast also stars Luke Evans, Josh Gad, Stanley Tucci, and Kevin Kline. It opens everywhere March 17.
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