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'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST': EMMA WATSON ON BRINGING BELLE TO LIFE (IS THE MAGIC MISSING)?


It was a stunning night "Beauty and the Beast" Hollywood premiere! Star Emma Watson tells Access Hollywood's Liz Hernandez what it was like to portray the "passionate and fearless" heroine, Belle.

Watson dances with Dan Stevens's Beast in the film

Dan Stevens shares how he felt when seeing the Beast onscreen for the first time, and Josh Gad teases a groundbreaking moment for his character, LeFou. "Beauty and the Beast" is in theaters on March 17

Harry Potter star Emma Watson stars as Belle in Beauty and the Beast

Disney's 1991 cartoon version of Beauty And The Beast was the first animated film to be nominated for best picture in the Academy Awards.

Like everything else that year it was beaten by The Silence Of The Lambs, but it fully deserved the unprecedented honour of the nomination; it had oodles of charm and was funny, exhilarating and romantic.

So the stars packed , eagerly awaited live-action remake, also by Disney, has much to live up to.

Some critics reveals it fails to replicate the cartoon version, the magic of the original is somehow missing. Too often, it whimpers where it should roar, phuts where it should fizz.

Watson pictured with Kevin Kline, who plays Belle's father

Part of the problem lies in the casting of Emma She reportedly declined to wear a figure-altering corset in this film.

'She said she wanted to look real, and also that she wanted her character to reflect some of her own feisty feminism.

Access Hollywood: Watch Premiere video

The premiere video

Emma Watson is not a particularly good actress. In common with her Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe, her star power greatly exceeds her talent

Emma Watson at the premiere in LA on Thursday

Photo credit-Daily Mail UK and Access Hollywood