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  • So in the original, you don't get much of a sense of...

  • "Who is Belle? What does she do?"

  • "Where does she come from? How does she spend her time before she goes and meets Beast?"

  • And so I wanted to create a bit more of a backstory for her.

  • You kinda get a little bit of a sense of why she doesn't fit in, like she likes to read books,

  • and she's not desperately in love with Gaston,

  • but why is it that she's such an outsider, why does she feel like she doesn't fit so much?

  • And I really wanted to get to the bottom of that.

  • We kinda made her this mad, wacky inventor.

  • Emma: Which was, uh, originally kind of like her father... (Entertainment) Weekly: Yeah.

  • Was that, was that role, and it kind of became more about Belle.

  • E: Kevin Kline's character for my father became much more of this slightly frightened, slightly nervous, cautious,

  • but very sensible, wise, loving father.

  • So it was really fun to do that and add that on.

  • W: Yeah, crazy old Maurice, was building... E: Crazy old Maurice! But instead...

  • W: ...was building like a wood cutting machine... E: Yeah! But now it's Belle!

  • E: Belle's like creating this mad, uh, she essentially creates a prototype for the first washing machine.

  • E: So that instead of having to do the washing herself, she can sit and read...

  • W: She has a- E: while her machine is taking care of it.

  • W: It's a barrel, with like a- E: Mhm!

  • W: a thing that attaches to a donkey and... E: With a donkey, and pulls it around...

  • E: I don't know, it's a whole thing. But yeah! W: (Laughing) Donkey-powered washing machine!

  • E: Yeah! Donkey-powered washing machine!

  • That's also a really traumatic scene in the film because she doesn't just invent this thing,

  • that starts (...) washing clothes in the public square.

  • W: She's using her spare time to teach another small girl to read.

  • W: And then the villagers come -- and I don't want to give away too much --

  • but they destroy her machine, there's like an anti-intellectualism in this village,

  • W: which you get from her song. E: Yeah!

  • W: There must be more than this provisional life- E: Yeah.

  • W: that you really get a sense of it in this movie.

  • W: They're hostile to her, E: Intelligence. W: for bringing change, and her intelligence.

  • W: They don't think women should read. E: There is- They don't think women should read,

  • And it goes further than there, which is really interesting that you picked up on that,

  • which is that they're deeply suspicious of intelligence,

  • and anyone that, you know, is

  • going beyond that, and they don't like anything that's foreign, unknown,

  • that might be beyond their realm of experience.

  • And so, they really do - they try, it's...

  • breaking the washing machine is symbolic of not just them, you know,

  • breaking something she spent hours working on,

  • but them really trying to break her spirit,

  • and kind of trying to kind of push her and mold her into a more acceptable version of herself.

  • I think that happens a lot with women, and a lot with young girls,

  • where it's like, "Oh, that's nice, but why don't we just kind of push you this way a little bit?"

  • E: And like, W: "Why don't you do what's expected or traditional-" E: Yeah!

  • E: "We prefer this aspect of your personality, let's cultivate that area, or that sort of thing that you're good at."

  • "And let's just kind of like push that side a little bit."

So in the original, you don't get much of a sense of...

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    Seina posted on 2020/05/18
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