Global treasure Angela Lansbury probably saw the same advance pics from the upcoming live-action Beauty and the Beast that the rest of us did. They obviously inspired her to dig up her old Jessica Fletcher magnifying glass, point it at those images of Emma Watson grasping nothingness and air where the CGI Beast is supposed to be spinning her ass on the ballroom floor and gently whisper “the fuck?“. Entertainment Weekly spoke with the original (and only) Mrs. Potts at the 25th-anniversary screening in NYC back in September. They got her to admit that, like the rest of us, she hasn’t got clue #1 about why we needed a remake of the animated classic whose selling point is “now with humans.” She actually could have just referred them to her opinions on that bullshit Murder, She Wrote reboot they planned to foist on us. Angela Lansbury? Not here for reboots, remakes or retreads.
Oh, and a sidenote. Angie’s cool with ONE of the Emma’s taking part in the new flick. And it ain’t the chick in yellow. (It’s the woman voicing this monstrosity.)
When you first heard that they were making a new, live-action Beauty and the Beast, what was your reaction?
I was a bit taken aback, naturally. 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.
“That’s Thompson. With a ‘T.’ Not that Harry Potter tart.” EW, sensing the potential for even more subtle British shade, didn’t stop… git it, git it.
Is it strange, just the idea in general, that someone else will be playing Mrs. Potts, or Lumiere or Belle?
Oh, absolutely. I don’t quite know why they’re doing it. 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.
The next time some heifer tries to impinge on the happiness of you and yours, merely note that “I’m sorry, they’re not really on our territory.” Say it over tea and finger sandwiches. For extra effect, motion to the waiter with a slight yet graceful head nod that conveys to him that you’re done and would like the check, your wrap and for the valet to pull your gilded carriage around.