Once Upon a Time Gaston

Once Upon a Time Recasts Gaston for Belle-Centric Season 5B Episode

Before Beauty met her Beast, there was (ugh) Gaston. And True Blood vampire hunter Wes Brown has been tapped to step into the role of the brew-swilling bruiser on ABC’s Once Upon a Time.

As first reported by our sister site Variety, Brown will guest-star sometime during the back half of Season 5, in an episode that explores Belle’s life before Rumplestiltskin figured into it.

Gaston was previously played by Sage Brocklebank (Psych) in the RumBelle-centric Season 1 episode “Skin Deep.”

In addition to his True Blood run, Brown’s TV credits include Deception, 90210, Hart of Dixie and Private Practice. Fun fact: He was also OPA’s first client in the Scandal pilot.

Once resumes Season 5, with a trip to Hades, on Sunday, March 6.

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  1. Dave says:

    Really another pretty boy white guy in this cast? Isn’t Gaston a rugged, bearish, masculine man? Don’t get this casting

    • BM says:

      Not sure. He’s very muscular, yes, but he’s also very vein and a “pretty” boy. Or supposed to be. This guy makes more sense to me than someone more muscular as he seems to be more of what Gaston stands for.

  2. jenna says:

    Didn’t Sage Brocklebank play Gaston sometime in the first few seasons? Is this a recast or am I mistaken? Did OUAT forget that they’ve already used the character?

  3. I believe Gaston already made a brief OUAT appearance, in the person of Psych’s Sage Brocklebank, during Belle’s introduction to the show. He met his demise quickly, though, so I’m assuming this recast is strictly for flashback purposes.

  4. There’s something wrong with these pictures, and the one in the Castle article. Were they taken at that low resolution or did something happen to them?

  5. Wait didn’t Sage Brocklebank the slow witted officer from Psych play Gaston in the very first Belle episode?! Rumple turned him into a red rose….I guess they hope we forget, like they hope we forget the Frozen storyline.

    • rworomeo says:

      What do you mean? They’re doing something to erase what happened last season in-show or because people are mad about that storyline? I loved it, personally.

    • LindseyF says:

      It’s for a flashback. The first Gaston appeared like, five years ago for only a few minutes (or less…?) The actor might’ve been unavailable now or they just wanted to hire a different actor to play a bigger part. It’s not a huge deal!

      • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

        Right? They recast Robin Hood who had even more screen time that one episode. .

        • BM says:

          But wasn’t the “first” Robin only in one episode? I seem to recall only one, the episode in which he stole the wand. After that, if memory serves, it was always Maguire. In Once and Wonderland.

  6. Jada says:

    Why couldn’t they get the same guy to play Gaston? Is he busy with other projects? Anyway, I’m really exicted about this and Belle getting another centric. She’s so underused.

  7. LenJ says:

    He has to be better then Rumple…. i am over Rumbelle relatiobnship and how much Belle keeps going back to him. i dislike it

    • Rebecca says:

      I’m actually seeing comments like yours on how “Gaston being better than Rumple” & I just want to ask: Have you’ve seen Beauty & the Beast?

  8. Ray Donovan says:

    I will always remember when there was a panel discussion, and when Adam said that they don’t write ships, Emilie laughed.

    Like seriously, we don’t need to see another love interest of Belle. She is more than what some generic good looking white guy wanting to be with her.

    But this is reduction of a woman’s worth in life is whether she has a bf is not surprising considering A&E said that Belle hasn’t lived yet until she got with Rumple.

  9. shanan0 says:

    i feel like Chris Hemsworth with brown hair and no beard would be a good gaston…idk just me, lol. Anyway, i like belle and all but she’s kind of annoying. I want the series to focus more on emma and hook, but i also like merida’s character too!

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