Voiceover work always presents a fascinatingly unique set of challenges for an actor -- particularly when there's an accent involved. With the upcoming release of Beauty and the Beast, actor Ewan McGregor apparently discovered that fact the hard way. The actor recently opened up about his role as Lumière in Bill Condon's upcoming film, and it seems that he had a difficult time nailing his French accent. The actor explained:
During a recent chat with EW Ewan McGregor opened up regarding the inherent challenges of playing a character like Lumière in the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. According to the actor, director Bill Condon wanted the entire voice cast present during filming in order to record their voices for the live-action portion of the film. McGregor did some cursory work with a voice coach in order to prepare, but his French accent ended up sounding more Spanish than French. Luckily for the Star Wars actor, Condon provided him with the opportunity to redo his performance during post-production, which is not an opportunity that many actors get.
Nailing Lumière's accent represented a fundamental part of Ewan McGregor's performance in the upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation. The character became iconic in 1991 after Jerry Orbach provided his voice for the original animated version of the film. He's an integral part of the story, and a fan-favorite aspect of the Beauty and the Beast universe, so any mistakes would be noticed. We're just glad McGregor got a second chance to properly capture the spirit of the character.
Stay tuned for more details elated to the upcoming release of Bill Condon's Beauty and the Beast. The live-action Disney adaptation will hit theaters on March 17, 2017.
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Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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