For the last decade or so, Disney has made a business of making live-action remakes of its all-time classic animated movies. From Dumbo to The Little Mermaid. And while not all these remakes have been a huge success, many have broken box office records. Plus, hard-die Disney fans seem to love them.
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Countless big-name actors have appeared in Disney’s numerous live-action movies. Some names that come to mind are Lily James, Will Smith, and Angelina Jolie. What most of these stars have in common is that, in addition to great acting skills, they can also dance and sing very well. Since she made her Disney debut in the 2017 remake of The Beauty and The Beast, fans have been dying to learn if Emma Watson truly sang in the movie. Well, now we’ve got the answer!
Emma Watson Rejected This Oscar-Winning Role To Star In Disney’s Beauty & The Beast
Emma Watson is most well-known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film franchise. But, in reality, she’s much more than just this role. Emma has starred in more than 20 movies, including The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (2012), The Bling Ring (2013), and Greta Gerwig’s Little Women (2019).
Another role that was given her plenty of fame and recognition was the role of Belle in Disney’s The Beauty and the Beast live-action movie. But in order to get this role, Emma Watson had to reject another award-winning role.
Originally, Emma Watson was offered the leading female role in La La Land (2016). But she chose to play Belle instead, and the role was then offered to Emma Stone, who won an Academy Award for it. However, it would seem that the Harry Potter star doesn’t regret this decision.
In addition to this, Emma Watson turned down the role of Cinderella a couple of years before. In an interview for Grazia, the Harry Potter star revealed why she chose to play Belle over this other Disney princess: “When they offered me Belle, I just felt the character resonated with me so much more than Cinderella did. She remains curious, compassionate, and open-minded. And that’s the kind of woman I would want to embody as a role model, given the choice.”
The Beauty & The Beast Live-Action Remake Was A Huge Commercial Success
This musical film was directed by Bill Condon and written by Stephen Chbosky and Evan Spiliotopoulos. With the exception of some small changes, this remake is a faithful adaptation of Disney’s 1991 animated film of the same name.
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Like many other Disney live-action remakes, Beauty and the Beast (2017) was a huge commercial success. According to Box Office Mojo, the movie made $1,263,521,126 at the box office across the world.
And in just a ten-day span, it became the highest-grossing live-action musical of all time, a record previously held by Mamma Mia (2008) for almost nine years!
Beauty and the Beast (2017) received mostly positive reviews from critics, with plenty of praise for its visuals, ensemble cast, musical score, songs, costume design, and faithfulness to the original animated film. On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has an overall rating of 71% based on 382 reviews from critics.
Did Emma Watson Sing In The Beauty & The Beast Live-Action Movie?
Unlike other Disney stars, like Zac Efron, that starred in musical movies without actually singing, Emma Waston did sing in the Beauty and the Beast live-action remake. But tuning in her inner Disney princess was no easy task.
When the movie premiered, the Harry Potter star opened up about the challenges she faced trying to act and sing for this movie. She told Good Morning America (via ABC News):
“It’s something I’ve always done and always loved to do, but to do it in such a beloved musical, and when the songs are so well-known, I think I really felt the weight of that,” Watson said.
“[I] don’t know how to explain it. It’s a totally different thing from acting in a way. There’s nothing to hide behind. It’s your voice, and yeah, I felt very sort of naked doing it for the first time, so I think that was the hardest.”