If he could learn to love another and earn their love in return by the time the last petal fall, the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?
I suppose one of the big differences is, you don’t see the Beast prior to being a beast in the animated film. You see a sort of stained glass window version of him. But there’s no real sense of what he was like. And in this, we’ve just a hint and we see him at the ball. And I think something that Bill and I were keen to sort of bring out is this sense of a sort of petulant, spoiled child, and the sense of kind of entitledness that led to his downfall. [Dan Stevens]