Dame Angela Lansbury is a legend for lots of reasons: to a generation (or more) of TV viewers, she will always be wily super-sleuth Jessica Fletcher in the long-running Murder She Wrote.
But some younger folks out there might know her best as the voice of Mrs Potts in Disney’s 1991 musical classic, Beauty And The Beast.
In the movie, Lansbury sings the famous title track that accompanies the scene of Belle and the Beast falling in love.
Earlier this year, at the Lincoln Centre in New York, Lansbury surprised us all when she came out on stage to sing a live version of the title track – accompanied on the piano by the song’s co-writer Alan Menken.
However, as happy as the 91-year-old seemed to be to sing the iconic song 25 years later from the original movie, it appears the actress had some reservations when she first heard of the live action remake.
Talking to Entertainment Weekly, Angela originally seemed confused as to why they were redoing the much-loved original Disney version.
“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.”
People took to Twitter to echo Angela’s thoughts, wishing that the original film was left alone and the continuing trend of remaking films would just stop.
Angela Lansbury has come out against the new Beauty and the Beast. Strong words from Disney's most famous pothead.
— Ian Boothby (@IanBoothby) November 26, 2016
I can't believe Angela Lansbury canceled the beauty and the beast remake https://t.co/lhnaU61jlY
— lulu (@beabaudelaires) November 26, 2016
angela lansbury: why would they remake beauty and the beast
disney & everyone else: money, duh
— Morgan Younk (@okay533) November 26, 2016
Angela Lansbury pretty much sums up how I feel about every Disney live-action remake.https://t.co/tQBxW0XTkc
— Matt McGinnis (@ohaimattmcg) November 25, 2016