Ewan McGregor, who's cast as the beloved candelabra Lumière in the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast, is not holding back when it comes to responding to the boycotting of the film.
The controversy surrounds the portrayal of Josh Gad's LeFou as a gay man pinning for Gaston, the story's antagonist. The Henager Drive-In movie theater in Alabama made a statement by canceling the screening debut of the film after hearing about the gay character in the storyline. During McGregor's recent visit to The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, McGregor made it known that he did not agree with the theater's action.
"It's just like, he's a gay character. It's 2017 for f--k's sake," McGregor exclaimed to Colbert Monday night (March 13). "There's a lot of gay sex in this cartoon and I think if you live anywhere near Alabama you should not go and see this film. What would Jesus think?"
Other castmates pose similar responses such as Gad, Emma Watson, Luke Evans and director Bill Condon who praised Gad's depiction of the gay character.
"LeFou is somebody who, on one day, wants to be Gaston, and on another day wants to kiss Gaston. He's confused about what he wants. It's somebody who's just realizing that he has these feelings. And Josh makes something really subtle and delicious out of it," Condon shared in Attitude magazine.
Beauty and the Beast hits theaters Friday (March 17). Check out McGregor chatting about the controversy below: