Everyone who lived in the small provincial town where Belle, the beautiful bookish girl who fell in love with a beast, spent her days knew that Gaston was the burliest, manliest man there was. Apparently, one tourist at Walt Disney World, Florida, forgot about Gaston's greatness when he challenged one of the park Gaston's to a push-up contest.
Big mistake, because not only could Gaston talk the talk, his bulging biceps were obviously not just for show.
A video of the encounter shows that, even in character, the actor portraying Gaston at first only accepts the challenge if he is given a prize of one of the women in the crowd - but he refuses her if she doesn't know how to cook, of course!
The push-up challenge commences, and it is quite clear early on that the challenger is no match for Gaston. As he shows signs of slowing down, Gaston immediately asks what the matter is - at the same time changing to one-handed push-ups as he pushes his challenger to keep up.
Maybe his challenger should have paid more attention to the song about Gaston's daily diet and workout regimen:
"When I was a lad I ate four dozen eggs
Ev'ry morning to help me get large
And now that I'm grown I eat five dozen eggs
So I'm roughly the size of a barge!"
Or so the song goes.
The crowd starts to applaud the comedic antics of the actor, the kind of attention that the Gaston character is used to in Disney's Beauty and the Beast movie and theatre musical. Clearly, the Disney cast out a lot of investment into the roles and magical experience they deliver at the Walt Disney parks.
Another popular viral video of character interactions at Disney parks shows the actress playing the villainous Evil Queen from Snow White also never breaking character when a little girl asked her if she was still jealous of the princess who was the fairest of them all.