It's no spoiler to say that in the new film adaptation of Paula Hawkins' bestselling thriller The Girl on the Train , practically every character is worthy of suspicion. Yet Luke Evans' Scott Hipwell, the possibly abusive, definitely angry husband of a woman gone missing, is on the top of everyone's "is he guilty?" list. The character is as sketchy as it gets, a man who, at times, seems to love and miss his wife — but at other times, acts totally ambivalent about her absence. It's a creepy, mysterious role, and Evans — who is no stranger to villainy, as he's playing Gaston in 2017's highly-anticipated live-action version of Beauty and the Beast. But, as he tells Bustle at The Girl on the Train's New York junket, playing such dark characters is not always an easy task.
"It's a challenge, because I'm quite a happy soul, so you're pulling on something that is not necessarily something you experience on a day-to-day basis," Evans explains in the video below. It's a testament to his scene-stealing performance in The Girl on the Train that there's no trace of the actor's natural friendly, easy-to-laugh demeanor in Scott — and hopefully not in Gaston, either. The cruel, narcissistic antagonist of Beauty and the Beast may not be hitting the big screen until March 2017, but already, fans are excited to see Evans and co-stars Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and more bring the beloved story to live-action life. And once they see Girl on the Train, they'll be especially pumped to see Evans as Gaston, one of Disney's most notorious big-screen villains.
And while some actors might be nervous about taking such a classic story to a new medium, Evans is likely not concerned, as he's no stranger to adaptations. The actor, whose starred in The Hobbit films, The Three Muskateers, Robin Hood, and, now, The Girl on the Train, isn't fazed by the pressures of bringing a book to screen. "I'm sort of over it," he says in the video above, noting his experience with the task. Still, he adds, "you do have a responsibility with every role you take on, whether it's from a famous book or not." Luckily, Girl on the Train fans, at least, can be confident that the character of Scott is in good hands.