What scene was Dan Stevens most excited to recreate in Disney’s live-action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast?
It wasn’t the Beast’s fight with Gaston or the iconic waltzing scene with Belle. No, Stevens, who has a degree in English Literature from Cambridge University, could not wait to visit the Beast’s library. In a Monday morning Twitter Q&A hosted by EW, Stevens told a fan that the library was his favorite scene to recreate from the original animated film. He wrote, ‘My favorite set to recreate was the library — I was excited to get to step into the real Beast’s library.”
In the film, the Beast famously gifts his immense library to the bookish Belle as the ultimate romantic gesture. The scene was one of the more jaw-dropping bits of animation in the 1991 original, and it came to have even more significance in this year’s remake with Belle and the Beast bonding over their love of Shakespeare and literature.
Though he’s risen to fame as an actor, Stevens has a strong background in reading and literature, previously serving as a member of the judging panel for the 2012 Man Booker Prize for fiction and writing as a columnist for The Telegraph. It makes sense then that this bookish paradise that has long caused bibliophiles to swoon would be his favorite set.
Stevens also revealed that he wanted to make the film for his children. The actor has three young children and he told a Twitter follower that they inspired him to play the Beast.