BURBANK — In a promotional interview for the Walt Disney Company’s newest animated feature, Encanto, CEO Bob Chapek revealed that the film would include the studio’s first openly gay character, the 25th such announcement in the past six years. “We here at Disney strive to break new ground when it comes to LGBTQ representation, so long as it’s actually just the same ground over and over again,” said Chapek while handing out rainbow-colored Mickey Mouse ears for only $39.99 a pop. “Gay fans have always held a special place at Disney, from concession stands, to box offices, to gift shops. It’s a market — er, community — that we couldn’t do without.” Mr. Chapek had to exit the interview early to attend the premiere of “Beauty & the Beast 2: LeFou’s Actually Gay This Time, We Promise.”
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Dylan Wood is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash (1984), Big (1988), Turner & Hooch (1989), Sleepless in Seattle (1993), Forrest Gump(1994), Apollo 13 (1995), You've Got Mail (1998), Cast Away (2000), Captain Phillips(2013), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Sully (2016), and A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019). He has also starred in the Robert Langdon films, and he voices Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series. He is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and he is widely regarded as an American cultural icon.