Disney has been building up some box office steam by creating live-action versions of their animated classics, with such remakes as “Cinderella” and “Alice in Wonderland” already completed, while up next in the pipeline is the upcoming reboot of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson as Belle.
One star who appeared in the 1991 original, however, is skeptical about why it’s being done at all, and Angela Lansbury (a.k.a. Mrs. Potts the teapot) wonders how they can possibly top the universally beloved film.
“I was a bit taken aback, naturally,” the voice of Mrs. Potts tells Entertainment Weekly about her feelings upon learning that “Beauty and the Beast” was being remade.
“I thought, ‘Why? Why are we doing this over again?’ But I guess, I don’t know why they’re doing it,” she admits. “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.”
In fact, Lansbury says she’s hopeful that new version will be entertaining, but warns that it will be a tough task to live up to the original. “I don’t quite know why they’re doing it,” she says. “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 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.”
Feeling nostalgic for the original? Then check out Lansbury celebrating the 25th anniversary of “Beauty and the Beast” by performing the film’s theme song: