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THE NATURE OF THE BEAST

DISNEY’S LIVE-ACTION REMAKE OF BEAUTY AND THE BEAST MIGHT SEEM LIKE THE ULTIMATE CELEBRATION OF HETEROSEXUAL LOVE BUT, AS ITS DIRECTOR AND STARS REVEAL, THE FILM IS BUILT AROUND A LITTLE-KNOWN GAY METAPHOR. IT ALSO FEATURES DISNEY’S FIRST-EVER EXPLICITLY GAY MOMENT…
ANIMAL PASSION: Dan Stevens, right, is known to fans of Downton, but is a little harder to recognise as Beast, above

The stars of Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast are excited. But not because they’re appearing in one of the most hotly anticipated films of the year. No, it’s because they’re being interviewed by Attitude.

“You did the first hot photoshoot of Daniel Radcliffe,” squeals the usually composed Emma Watson, best known for playing Hermione in the Harry Potter films. “I remember him showing me pictures on the red carpet. It was him topless and with stubble and a waistcoat and I was, like, ‘Woah!’.’’

Attitude was one of the first magazine shoots I ever did,” jumps in Dan Stevens, the normally cool and collected star of Downton Abbey. “It was when I did a show called The Line of Beauty for the BBC, based on Alan Hollinghurst’s novel about a gay man in the 1980s.”

We remember it well. But before Stevens can go on, he’s interrupted by Watson. “So we have lots of love for Attitude magazine.”

Which is just as well, seeing as Attitude has lots of love for the pair of them too — so much so that we’ve flown out to New York to meet them. We’ve got off to a great start and are certainly enjoying the love. Now if only we can persuade them to talk about the film…

Beauty and the Beast is a live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, itself an adaptation of a traditional French fairytale dating back to the 18th century. The new film was shot at the UK’s world-famous Shepperton Studios and reinvents Disney’s muchloved characters for a contemporary audience, remaining faithful to the original music while updating the score with several new songs.

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On the cover, Emma Watson and Dan Stevens discuss the gay surprise in the new Beauty and the Beast Also, exclusive interviews with Joan Collins on her new film The Time of Their Lives, Alison Goldfrapp in her most honest interview yet, and BBC news reporter James Longman on life on the frontline. Plus, Turner Prize winning artist Wolfgang Tillmans and ballet’s bad boy Sergei Polunin.