Refusing to adhere to a minor cut, Walt Disney Co stressed that the live-action movie Beauty and the Beast ‘has not been and will not be cut for Malaysia’.
This was the response given by Disney in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg.
The reply came after the company’s local film distributor Walt Disney Co (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said on Monday that the opening date for the movie here was postponed for an internal review.
Beauty and the Beast was scheduled to open in Malaysia tomorrow.
It is understood that there was a concern regarding a minor gay scene in the movie, however the Film Censorship Board (LPF) announced yesterday that they had approved the movie for screening, with a minor scene cut.
A check on LPF’s website showed that the approval for the movie was granted on Feb 22 and 23, with a PG13 rating (parental guidance required for those below 13 years old).
It is unclear why Disney only decided to postpone the movie a mere few days before its intended opening date of March 16.
In 1991, Beauty and the Beast hit theatres and has become a much-loved Disney animation ever since.
The live-action version due to hit theatres worldwide this week stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.
In recent weeks, the movie courted controversy following the portrayal of a gay character.
Russia has taken to banning those under 16 from watching the movie.
In an interview with Attitude magazine, director Bill Condon said one of the characters in the movie, LeFou, realises his feelings for another male character.
“LeFou is somebody who on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston,” Condon was quoted as saying.
Not wanting to give away more details, Condon remarked that ‘it is a nice, exclusively gay moment in a Disney movie.’