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Dan Stevens Talks Transformation as Beast for Disney’s ‘BEAUTY AND THE BEAST’

March 19, 2017


When Dan Stevens was announced to play Beast in Disney’s live-action version of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, I was surprised that would play such a role and it got me thinking, “well, costume and makeup will do everything possible to make him look ugly.”

Beauty and the Beast

Stevens is known for starring in Downton Abbey as Matthew Crawley in the hit PBS and ITV series. He recently revealed to People Magazine about how he transformed for the role.

“[It was] traditional motion capture and puppeteering of a big muscle suit on stilts. I was inside this 40-lb thing covered in gray lycra and marker dots. Every couple of weeks I would go into a special booth and my face would be sprayed with about 10,000 UV dots and I would sit in what I used to call the Iron cage. Anything I’d been doing in the previous two weeks in the scenes, whether it was easting, sleeping, roaring, waltzing, I did it again with my face, with Emma [Watson] sitting on the other side of the cage and we would capture the Beast’s face.”

There you have it in case you were wondering just like me.

Stevens also stars in FX new series Legion, which is based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, LEGION tells the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed as schizophrenic as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change. The pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. In case you missed it, the series has already been renewed for a second season.


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