Beauty and the Beast was wildly popular, and our own Madeleine Davies reported how surprised she was at how much she enjoyed it. Though I personally think the Beast looks like a dead-eyed tree, these videos of Beast actor Dan Stevens in a giant, padded, grey rig are much more endearing. It’s astounding that Emma Watson made it through a single scene without breaking.

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Acting is demented.

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The Beast’s face is what put me off this movie, to a far greater degree than the Stockholm Syndrome love story that’s aged so poorly. But if there’s a version of the film with just Stevens lurching around looking like a rollie pollie bug larva, it’d be perfect. Look at Emma Watson selling it:

Watson did have plenty of practice with similar effects on the set of Harry Potter. Maybe, at this point, seeing a man not dressed like a fiber Golem or rabid mist is what she finds weird. Anyway, my respect for her has skyrocketed. Give this girl an Oscar.

Contributing Writer, writing my first book for the Dial Press called The Lonely Hunter, follow me on Twitter @alutkin

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I have always said that sci-fi/fantasy actors are seriously underrated. It’s one thing to pull off great depths of emotion over something you have actually experienced/can talk to people who have experienced, it’s another to do it about the consequences of the dragon’s hatchling being caught in a spell crossfire or the spaceship malfunctioning as you head into a supercombusting super nova* or whatever. The human imagination is a pretty cool thing.

*don’t @ me about whether or not that makes sense, I gave as much thought to the science there as about 70% of movie makers do