#BeautyAndTheBeast's Gaston is the ultimate villain: an entitled, arrogant jerk who won't take no for an answer. With an ego the size of France itself, he is the bane of Belle's existence and without a doubt one of #Disney's most most insufferable characters to date.
With the live-action remake on its way, we've seen a glimpse of Luke Evans' portrayal of the notoriously sleazy Frenchman in the new trailer. This recent photo in Empire Magazine confirms that his interactions with a very hesitant Belle are just as unwelcome as they are in the animated original:
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Despite his revolting personality, Gaston is adored by his fellow villagers. This is perhaps what makes him a true villain: his influence over those around him. Take a look at these comparisons between the old and the new, and see just how the remake captures the extent of his power:
5. Gaston & LeFou
What villain would be complete without the help of his trusty, snivelling sidekick? The last thing Gaston needs is more flattery, and unfortunately LeFou has a seemingly endless supply for his buddy.
4. Rousing The Support Of The Villagers
Despite the fact that he's a total ass, Gaston's fellow townspeople will listen intently to his every word and command, not matter how violent.
3. One Feisty Frenchman
In the original film, Gaston seems to be permanently indignant, and Luke Evans has perfectly captured that signature snarl.
2. Gathering An Angry Mob
Armed with torches and weapons, the villagers rally behind Gaston and advance towards the castle, spelling disaster for the Beast.
1. Battling The Beast
The iconic battle between Gaston and the Beast; a dramatic struggle in the pouring rain that can only end in tragedy. Let's hope the ending doesn't differ too much from the original— Gaston needs to get what he deserves!
Check out our side-by-side comparison of the new Beauty and the Beast trailer and the original Disney classic: