Friday, September 2, 2016

Alan Menken "Emma Watson is Belle for me now entirely"

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Alan Menken (composer of the music for the original 'Beauty and the Beast' and also the live-action) talked about Emma in a new interview:

She’s really good! I can’t picture anyone else, honestly. She’s Belle for me now entirely,” Menken told EW when asked about Watson as the film’s spirited, book-loving heroine.

His excitement continued with the rest of the cast, including Stevens (“of course, he spends a lot of the movie with a lot of fur covering him but he’s great”), Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen as Lumière and Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Luke Evans as Gaston (“fantastic – what a revelation”), Josh Gad as LeFou, Audra McDonald as Garderobe, and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father, Maruice. “The cast is just a dream cast, it’s ridiculous,” he added.

This marks the third time Menken has done Beauty work – the original film, the Broadway adaptation, and now the new film – but this time around, he was happy to take cues from director Bill Condon.

“It’s exciting. For me because I’m writing the new songs and scoring the new movie, it’s a lot of work,” he laughed. “It’s interesting and it’s challenging to come back to the same source material three times. And in this case I’m really taking my lead – I am bearer of the flame to a degree, but I want to be as good a team member with Bill Condon as I can be. So I’m really taking my lead from him as a director, and he’s doing a great job.”

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