The Hollywood Reporter:
You’ve worked with Bill Condon twice now in The Fifth Estate and Beauty and the Beast. Describe his style of directing.
Bill’s a real sweet man, and he’s so intelligent and gentle. He’s not one of those savage directors. He’s very subtle and kind. He has a sweet sensitivity to the whole of the story to tell.
Do you sing in Beauty and the Beast?
I sang a song. Yeah, is it gonna be in the movie? You’ll have to ask Bill. Alan Menken wrote a brand new song for the Beast, because he doesn’t sing in the original animated movie.
Your wife is a singer. Did she help you prepare?
Yes. She helped with my audition, which I was terrified of. We’re a pretty musical household and it was lovely to have that. We’ve never really sung together all that much. It was a really beautiful thing to do. It was such an exciting project. The preparation was so intense and different to anything I’ve take on before, physically and vocally and also the technology we employed in achieving that. It was so groundbreaking and mysterious and weird and wonderful. I really felt all the sort of fairytale magic.
On a much different note, you’re also playing Beast in Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast. Can you give fans a taste of what to expect?
I haven’t seen the finished thing yet, but they’ve been working on the digitals and music, and it’s going to be epic. I can’t say much more than that.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly