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Angela Lansbury Doesn't Understand Need for 'Beauty & The Beast' Remake

Angela Lansbury Doesn't Understand Need for 'Beauty & The Beast' Remake

Angela Lansbury is sharing her thoughts on the live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast and she doesn’t sound like a big fan of the idea!

The legendary 91-year-old actress played the role of Mrs. Potts in the animated Disney movie and she spoke to EW at the 25th anniversary event back in September, where she sang the title song live on stage.

“I was a bit taken aback, naturally,” Angela said about finding out the movie would be remade. “I thought, ‘Why? Why are we doing this over again?’ But I guess, I don’t know why they’re doing it. But they are, and it will be interesting to see what they do with it. These are live action pieces and I know very well the actress who’s playing Mrs. Potts and she’s a very good friend of mine. It’s Emma Thompson.”

Angela said it’s “absolutely” strange to think about someone else playing all of the different roles in the film.

Click inside to read what else she had to say on the subject…

“I don’t quite know why they’re doing it,” Angela added. “I can’t understand what they’re going to do with it that will be better than what we’ve already done. And how they’re doing it live – it may turn out to be very entertaining and wonderful. It won’t be like the cartoon that we did, but it’s a good story – it’s one of the famous fairy stories that is known worldwide by children. Therefore, why not? I don’t blame them for doing it. But, I’m sorry, they’re not really on our territory. We did it as cartoon characters, and that is quite different from live actors.”

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  • Darija

    They should have asked her, not Emma.

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  • Lakawak

    She’s in her 90s. A full role in a movie is not easy to do. And may have made it hard to get insurance for the movie.

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