Ewan McGregor was absolutely thrilled to have a part in the new live-action version of Beauty and The Beast. He takes on the role of the French candelabra Lumière, who sings the infamous “Be Our Guest”. However it hasn’t come without it’s challenges for the Scottish born actor.
McGregor spoke about when he first tried to get his mouth around the required French accent.
“When they were shooting, they wanted to have all of our voices to act with, so Emma and Dan had characters to work with — that being our voices,” McGregor said. “So, we went to London, we did some very quick accent-coaching, which in my case didn’t work out terribly well. My French didn’t really sound very French to begin with — it sounded a bit Spanish or something. And then some time later, I went over to New York, where (Director) Bill Condon was doing all his post-production and I recorded the whole part again. I’d done a bit more work on the accent, so it sounded more French and I rerecorded the song. So, I got to do my whole performance again, which was a really nice opportunity. You don’t often get offered that. But I got a chance to have another crack at all of it!”
McGregor stars alongside Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stephens as The Beast. Also included in the much anticipated film is Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen and Stanley Tucci.
Of his role in the film, the star of films such as Trainspotting and Moulin Rouge said “I’ve got four girls, My eldest is in her twenties now, of course, but still I’ve got a little one, who’s 5, and when an opportunity like this comes along, to be in a film they will watch, then it’s nice. It’s nice to get the opportunity to sing again in a film. It’s been a long time since I got the chance to do a big number, like I had in Moulin Rouge. And I get this great number, “Be Our Guest”, which Lumière sings.”
Beauty and The Beast opens in cinemas on March 17 in the USA and the UK and on the 23 March in Australia.