You know the Beast? From Beauty and the Beast (1991)?
Who turns into this guy at the end (spoilers, I guess)?
In the live action version of the movie, due in less than a month (squee!), he looks like this:
And I could reveal what he looks like post-transformation, as those photos are posted online (and one that was leaked immediately was even featured in the thumbnail image of this blog), but in the interest of avoiding more visual spoilers for those who want to be surprised by his full and complete appearance, I'll just put an image of the guy who plays him.
...he's handsome. That's all you need to know.
WELL. Many people are confused about the Beast's real name. Prince...what? Did Belle seriously never ask her fiancee what his name was? Did she just go on calling him "Beast?" That's a tad insensitive, girlfriend! Did this exchange ever go down?
BEAST: Hey uh. Belle?
BELLE: Yeah, Beast?
BEAST: Well, about that...my name is Doug.
BEAST: Yeah. I'd appreciate you calling me that instead of, 'Beast.' ...just a bit...rude, dontcha think?
Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve wrote the story, La Belle et la bete, in 1740. It was then later rewritten and published by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont in 1756. In both versions, the Prince and Beast remains? That's right!
Actually, the Prince does have a name in the 1946 version of the film, directed by Jean Cocteau. His name is revealed to be Prince Ardent.
And guess what, guys? I am ardent that this is the only time the Beast has ever had a name.
Alright! We have arrived at the Problem Child!
According to two Disney archivists that I have personally spoken with, the animators never gave the Beast a name.
C'est tout, savvy??
The name confusion comes from two main sources:
1) Vincent: This rumored name is far more French-sounding, but is less accepted. Those who do believe it, however, have gotten this originally from the 1987 CBS series, Beauty and the Beast, where the Beast character had the name, "Vincent." As the series and the Disney film premiered relatively close together, it's understandable how these two instances were confused.
2) Adam: Okay, here we go. Here's the most common confusion. I'll begin by referencing a fact on IMDb:
"Neither the movie nor the stage musical give him a name. In the DVD commentary to the movie, the creators mention that they neglected to give him a name. However, in a licensed CD-Rom trivia game that came out years after the movie, he's referred to as Adam.”
Beauty and the Beast (2017
"I suppose we see a little bit of his backstory. We learn a little bit more about this vain, spoiled, rich kid, son of a billionaire who treats women like objects and lives in a luxury tower.”
Consider this a record set straight, my friends, for something that does not matter at all, but will never cease to annoy me! C'mon, live action Beauty and the Beast! I'm counting on you to officially end this madness!