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Did Dan Stevens Really Sing? What Worried Emma Watson While Waltzing? Beauty and the Beast’s Secrets Revealed!
Ten burning Beauty and the Beast questions asked and answered — with important insider facts about the hit new film

How many people, animals and props were involved in making the opening musical number, “Belle?”

According to Disney, there were more than 150 cast members and extras involved, along with 28 wagons and carts, hundreds of live animals (horses, cows, mules, ducks, geese and hens) and countless props and set decorations. The set itself was also the production’s largest, measuring 28,787 square feet.

Bonus fact: The town is named Villeneuve, a fictional French village that was built on the backlot at Shepperton Studios outside London.  The town’s name is an homage to Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, the author of the original Beauty and the Beast story.

How many horses played Belle and Maurice (Kevin Kline)’s trusty steed, Philippe?

Three.

“Belle and Maurice’s horse Philippe was played by three different horses, two of which had to be painted on a daily basis,” says a rep for the studio.

How did they pull off the waltz scene between Belle (Emma Watson) and the Beast?

Carefully! Watson and Stevens first had to learn the choreography, and then Stevens had to master it on stilts. The British star tells PEOPLE practice makes perfect when it came time to learn how to walk and dance in the steel contraptions.

“You’ve just got to get in ’em, start moving around!” Stevens says with a laugh. “Fortunately we had about three months of pre-production for rehearsals, learning the songs, the dances. Initially with the waltz I learned the steps on the ground and graduated to the stilts, which was slightly terrifying for me but probably more for Emma. I think she was very worried that I was going to tread on her toes in steel stilts, which could’ve ruined the movie, but I didn’t, so I’m very proud of that.”

Is that Dan Stevens’ real singing voice?

Yes! And it was a welcome challenge for the actor.

“Singing was a relatively new thing to me,” Stevens, 34, says of re-training his singing voice. “I’d sung at school and when I was younger, but in my 20s I [hadn’t] sung as extensively so reengaging my voice, retraining the voice was a big challenge.”

Did they use Dan Stevens’ actual face for the Beast?

Yes, although the finished product is a computer-animated and significantly hairier version.

Stevens wore a 40-lb. “muscle suit” and performed the role on stilts — first so that the size and movements of the character were captured on set during filming, and then again for the visual-effects teams so that his face was captured and later computer-animated with the Beast’s hair and fangs.

“Every couple of weeks I would go into a special booth and my face would be sprayed with about 10,000 UV dots and I would sit in what I used to call the Tron cage,” Stevens says. “Anything I’d been doing in the previous two weeks in the scenes, whether it was eating, sleeping, roaring, waltzing, I did it again with my face, with Emma [Watson] sitting on the other side of the cage, and we would capture the Beast’s face.”

What’s with Dan Stevens’ hair in that Prince reveal?

It’s a wig. A stringy, scraggly one.

“The hair at the end, was it extensions? I think it was a wig,” Stevens says, trying hard to remember the hair accessory he wore two years ago during filming. “It was quite awhile ago. Yeah, I’m pretty sure that was a wig,” he adds with a smile. “And what a wig!”

Which costume was the most challenging to create?

Belle’s red “montage” outfit, aka the one she wears outdoors for her snowball fight with Beast. Why? Because costume designer Jacqueline Durran used all eco-friendly materials in its design.

“Because Emma is so interested in sustainability and fair trade, eco fabrics and eco fashion, we applied those criteria to making a costume from head to toe,” Durran tells PEOPLE. “That [red] costume was made entirely from sustainable fabrics. We dyed it in vegetable dyes in our workroom, we had shoes made with eco leather, and we did the whole thing from top to bottom to be as thorough as we could. People learned different skills in the work rooms to be able to do it, so the dyers learned to dye with strange vegetable dye. Sometimes it took two weeks to dye something because you’d have to leave it in there for that long to get a rich color. It really was a learning curve for all of us, I’d certainly never done that before.”

How did the filmmakers decide on which songs to feature from the animated film and Broadway musical?

The answer is by hiring and deferring to the animated film’s composer, Alan Menken, who also co-wrote the music for the new film.

“It was challenging,” Menken told EW. “[The] Broadway show had songs that I would have loved to use for the movie, but the form for a film and the form for a Broadway show are different, so the song we wrote for the Broadway show was not going to work. Consequently, we wrote a brand-new song. The challenge is just to maintain the balance of what we originally had for the score and what we had for the show, and at the same time allow this film to have its own character.”

How many new songs are in the film?

Three.

Menken and lyricist Tim Rice (The Lion King) wrote three new ballads for the film. They are: “How Does a Moment Last Forever,” performed by Belle and her father (and sung by Celine Dion over the end credits), “Evermore,” which Beast sings for Belle when he releases her (and is sung by Josh Groban over the end credits), and “Days in the Sun,” which is sung by the objects in the castle and Belle when they are going to sleep.

What was left on the cutting room floor?

A lot — including a clever Frozen reference. Please allow LeFou (Josh Gad) and Gaston (Luke Evans) to explain:

“I mean, Gaston dies. Is that a spoiler?” Gad says with a laugh, when PEOPLE asked him and Evans during a recent sit-down if there are any Easter eggs fans should look out for. “The Easter egg I fought for [director] Bill Condon to put in but we never did, there’s a moment in the original where a bunch of snow falls on LeFou and he becomes a snowman and I thought, this could kill. It’s a little meta but it could be great [For those who may have forgotten, Gad played Olaf, the snowman in Frozen].”

Evans says his favorite scene that didn’t make the movie is one filmed during the castle battle, in which Gad’s LeFou has a fight with a bathroom appliance.

“What I miss, which we shot and is not in the film, is you having a fight with the toilet,” Evans says to Gad.

Adds Gad: “Played by Stephen Merchant (from Hello Ladies and the original Office)!”

“Yeah, it didn’t make the final cut,” Evans says with mock sadness.

Both actors joke that they have no idea what might end up on the DVD/Blu-ray because no one tells them anything.

“Nobody guarantees us anything,” says Gad. “We’re not even guaranteed that we’re going to be in the movie. It’s all based on our interview performances.

Adds Evans: “Which so far have been terrible.”

Tom Hiddleston is a Disney Prince

That’s maybe already a thing somewhere on the internet but I just wanna  encourage the thought of Tom Hiddleston as Prince in one of the new Disney live-action adaptions. It would be a shame if they didn’t take a chance on casting a real life DISNEY PRINCE, because he certainly is.

WHO’S WITH ME? Where are the Hiddlestoners? REBLOG AND LET’S MAKE THIS A PETITION! 

…also - let’s not forget how good he looks as a prince (in very tight trousers)

and as a future king… (No, there is no pattern here. DON’T. It’s not the tight trousers. Nope. You have a dirty mind)

Bonus:

Don’t you think that’s like the most perfect photo ever? Is it Shakespeare? Is it Disney? WHY NOT BOTH. 

I think that’s enough evidence. Case closed. Hiddles casted. ARE YOU WITH ME? xx 

The (not so) Complicated Mind of the Liberal

     When it comes to political discussion, one the most frustrating mindsets that a Marxist can run into is the dreaded Liberal. Reasons that, until recently, have been beyond me to understanding the mind of a person that can be so openly confusing. I will be borrowing the next few minutes of your time to state and explain some observations I have made regarding Liberals and Liberalism.     To avoid confusion, the titles will be used as the Liberal Perspective. 

It’s Cool To Be Politically/Ideologically Inept

     When conversing with a Liberal the other day it dawned upon me that one of the most common diversions that I run into when talking about politically or ideologically engaging topics is the simple “Well whatever, I don’t care about politics.”  This is a particularly dangerous statement for many reasons. In the mind of a liberal, things like politics are seen as an intangible, unreachable, all seeing product of unchangeable nature. This is especially true because they, more likely than not, spent their whole lives under one system, more particularly in a privileged part of the world, where things are done for them. The concept of revolution or massive change is ludicrous to them because of the complexity of the situation. They are taught in school that the era of Ideology and Political Extremism ended after the cold war, most often in a very nice succinct, The good triumphed and evil perished.” 

     More often than not that particular statement is used as a perfect non sequitur to end any conversation that reaches beyond their capacity. The concept of Honing a Theory is alien to them because once again, In the modern world, there are 2 answers to every question; Liberal, or Conservative. Everything conceived as a simple black and white issue, with no room for grey. Thinking and studying political theory is seen as a waste of time because the world is taught that all of human history, and human nature itself, has raised itself to the natural occurrence of “Capitalism” and “Liberalism.”

“I’m not taking a side, I’m just stating facts”

     The act of playing devils advocate and diminished responsibility is a tried and true liberal tactic. This can be especially frustrating because when it comes to arguments, the tables can be quickly turned when suddenly the player has flew up into the air, yet still participates in the conversation. The problem with arguments is that there is always some sort of bias, toward any conversation that has to do with picking sides. So to say that you don’t believe one or the other, you have already forfeited your true participation in the conversation. You can now, no longer be incorrect because you have stated  “Ah but you see, I am just stating facts.” If anyone claims that they are going to “Play devils advocate” you should abort and leave the conversation as quickly as possible. Playing devils advocate is just a guise for stroking their own ego. 

“Those poor people are just brainwashed”     

     In Cuba recently, the leader, Fidel Castro died. Liberal media (of course) took this moment to immediately rush in their opinions of the “Brutal totalitarian dictatorship that killed millions.” They immediately associated Cuba as a place where freedom of speech (The most sacred of rights) is not tolerated, and everyone there has to agree and worship their god king Fidel. 
     The issue however, is that when interviewers were sent to Cuba they found out very quickly that people are in fact critical of Fidel, quite openly in-fact. Yet he is still seen as a hero of the people, and an Idol for sure. 
For liberals, the only explanation for this is that they are brainwashed. These poor people, although just demonstrated that they do, are not capable of freedom of thought because they have been brainwashed by the evil communist dictatorship, therefore Communism is evil.

“Violence has literally never solved anything ever”

     Nonviolence protects the state, and apparently the minds of liberals. To liberals, the act of violent protest is just seen as a chaotic nothing. This often comes into play with “The all good heroes” such as Martin Luther King. One of the most egregious examples is when the upper and middle class liberals got upset when protesters stood in the street to gain media attention. Left and Right winged mass media immediately condemned this as something that “Martin Luther King would never do.” How dare you protest out in the open like that, slowing the progress of society for 2 hours. A quick sift through google images remedies that MLK did infant protest on streets, blocking traffic. 
     “Gandhi just sat down and asked politely for India back from the British.” More often than not people associate Gandhi as the perfect  person that single handedly sat down and didn’t eat food for a little bit, and was given the keys to India once again. Yet Liberals somehow at the same time very openly admit that they don’t understand much Revolutionary history.  Perhaps they would be enlightened in learning about the many violent resistance movements during that time and that area such as;

Alluri Sitarama Raju: Freedom fighter that stood toe to toe with his indigenous peoples and fought the British.

Bhagat Singh: The socialist revolutionary that was hung for protesting and demanding equal rights for Indian political prisoners. And blowing up the Central Legislative Assembly in New Delhi along with Batukeshwar Dutt.


Madan Lal Dhingra,  Udham Singh,  Vinayak Damodar Savarkar,  Henry Lui  Vivian Derozio, Hemu Kalani. And many many more. 

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