Beauty and the Beast news: Behind-the-scenes video, Emma Watson on Stockholm Syndrome
The team behind the new live-action Beauty and the Beast has offered an inside look into the creation of the Disney film. In a behind-the-scenes video, the cast members and creators talk about how they went about remaking the classic animated Disney film.
In the video, Emma Watson, who plays Belle, begins by saying: "I have loved Beauty and the Beast since I was about four years old." she says. "When you love something that much, you really want to do it justice."
The video underlines the fact that Belle a 21st-century heroine and that this film will try to tap into the beauty of the first film, but add depth to it.
"She is a character in an animated movie, so it is a question of taking these characters and putting them into this extra dimension, putting them into a live-action context, which means adding levels of psychology and nuance, and updating it," the director Condon said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
We also get a look at the human versions of Beast’s court of living objects, with a group photo of Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Ewan McGregor as Lumier, Audra McDonald as Garderobe (the singing wardrobe), Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, and Gugu Mbatha-Raw as feather-duster Plumette — along with Stanley Tucci as a new character, the dentally-challenged harpsichord Cadenza!
As magical as the film sounds, it also brings up the age old question, is Belle actually suffering from Stockholm Syndrome (where a person believes they're in love with their captor)?
Emma Watson doesn't think so. She tried to refute the claims of Belle falling in love with her captor in Entertainment Weekly, by saying: "Stockholm Syndrome is where a prisoner will take on the characteristics of and fall in love with the captor. Belle actively argues and disagrees with [Beast] constantly. She has none of the characteristics of someone with Stockholm Syndrome because she keeps her independence, she keeps her independence of mind."
Watson also describes how Belle’s initial independence makes the ensuing romance (the one where Belle falls in love with her captor) much more satisfying, abandoning the love-at-first-sight narrative of many fairytales. "Beast and Belle begin their love story really irritating each other and really not liking each other very much … slowly, slowly, very slowly [it] builds to them falling in love."
Disney's live action remake of Beauty and the Beast will make its magical entrance into threaters on 17 March 2017.