'Beauty And The Beast': Does Emma Watson Have The Pipes To Be Belle?
With reporting by Josh Horowitz
Well, we didn't get the scoop on how he would rate his skill at expectorating (especially good? Just OK?), but MTV News did get Luke Evans to open up about the new live-action "Beauty and the Beast" movie he'll star in alongside Emma Watson.
At Toronto International Film Festival in support of the upcoming film "High-Rise," Evans called singing "a wonderful thing," gushing about his time on the set of "Beauty and the Beast" and what a "feisty" woman Emma Watson is.
In a word, he said Watson, who plays Belle in the movie, was "wonderful."
"She's great," he said. "She epitomizes what Belle should be in the 21st century to young girls; she's a strong woman. We all know Emma as Emma, a strong woman, she has a voice, she uses it very effectively and I admire her for that. She's brought some of that to Belle. She's not just a Disney princess, she's more than a Disney princess, and she has a beautiful sensitive side to her. She's quite delicate to look at, but she's not at all. She's a really strong, feisty woman and we have some fantastic scenes in the film. I was making her laugh more than she should have been laughing."
And does she have the pipes to belt the musical's iconic songs? Yes, Evans confirmed.
"Great singing voice to boot. She's a triple threat. Makes me sick."
The cast wrapped a month ago, after a long shoot that included seven weeks of rehearsal before a camera was even turned on. Evans said he's especially looking forward to audiences seeing his big number, "Gaston."
"That took four and a half weeks, five weeks to rehearse," he said. "I can't even tell you what's in the scene but believe you me it's beautiful. Josh [Gad] and I were very proud of the work that we put in, and it's fantastic. It was very sad when we finished the scene, because it felt that we'd shot a whole damn movie in the time."
"Beauty and the Beast" hits theaters March 17, 2017.