Disney's Beauty and the Beast celebrated its Chinese premiere earlier this week with the main cast and director in attendance in Shanghai to kick off the global press tour.
To keep the enchantment level high, Disney also shared a new clip featuring the rousing ballad of "Gaston" with Josh Gad's goofy sidekick Lefou leading the crowded tavern in a hilarious ode to Luke Evans' boorish hunter.
Apparently this crowd-pleasing musical number now includes extra lyrics that were not included in the original 1991 animated version but are now added back in from lyricist Howard Ashman's early drafts. Here's what composer Alan Menken had to say about the inclusion of the unused lines and director Bill Condon's reaction to the idea.
"In 'Gaston,' we had a treasure trove of lyrics that Howard had written that we did not put in the movie. In many cases they were a little bit risqué — not risqué sexually, but risqué in terms of sensibility. We all felt ready to have these lyrics. When Bill found out about those lyrics, he said, 'Oh my God, can we please look at that, because it would be a wonderful way to add an extra freshness to the movie.' So, yes, you're going to hear some unheard Howard Ashman lyrics."
Pull up an antler-adorned chair and tell us if you approve of the changes. Beauty and the Beast opens on March 17.
(via Coming Soon)