HOLLYWOOD – Veteran rocker and Genesis front man Phil Collins today confessed that he was the voice behind Emma Watson’s Belle in the new live action Beauty and the Beast.
British rocker Phil Collins admits to being the voice behind Emma Watson in Disney’s new Beauty and the Beast. He spoke with the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
I’m thoroughly ashamed of myself. But the divorce lawyers took a real bite and I need the moolah. First they came sniffing around the time of La La Land. Just a little bit of vocals, Phil, they said. Three days tops. So I said yes.
No, Emma Stone. She’s a beautiful lady and she’s got a pair of pegs on her. But Lord her singing voice was like someone bunging a cat locked in a fridge down a spiral staircase. Lorks!
So you dubbed Emma Stone in La La Land?
She won an Oscar for that role.
Did she? I don’t keep up with the showbiz. It depresses me frankly.
Then you got the Beauty and the Beast gig?
Yeah. They liked what I’d done so they must have thought, Phil’s the go-to guy to voice Emmas. It was a bit harder, but I managed. Hermione had given it her best shot bless her. But her best shot sounded roughly the equivalent of someone killing a bucket of baby seals with a claw-headed hammer.
Someone called 911. And it was someone in the studio who knew what was happening.
So you came in.
Yeah. And I gargled with pineapple juice and away I went.
Yeah. It makes me sound less like a dustbin man and more like a young scrap of a lass.
What’s your next project?
Emily Blunt. Oh and I’m doing a charity record for the victims of drone attacks.
What’s it called?
I can Feel it Coming in the Air Tonight (Oh Lord).