The best part of this reveal is how the audition came about. Instead of sitting around hoping for the phone to ring, Elba was so passionate that he sought out the powers that be. “I called and said, ‘Listen, I want in!’ So somewhere they have a tape of me singing,” said the actor. Where is this video you ask? Elba noted that this tape is, sadly, nowhere to be found. Though considering how everything eventually turns up on the internet, here’s hoping it surfaces one day.
As we now know, the handsome, barrel-chested misogynist role of Gaston was awarded to Luke Evans. But rest assured Elba has no ill-will for his cohort.
When Cagle asked Elba about whether he resented the fellow Brit nabbing the role, he jokingly responded, “No, only a little bit. No! I love you Luke, you know that.”
Needless to say Ben is much more likable than Gaston.
The Mountain Between Us opens in cinemas next Friday (the 6th of October).
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