When a cast is as star-studded as that of Disney's The Lion King remake, there are going to be some scheduling conflicts. And a superstar as busy as Beyoncé definitely would have little time to spare to stand for photo shoots. So what's the harm in a little Photoshop magic?
Earlier this month, a stunning cast photo of the Lion King all-stars dropped, and it had some critics calling out the image for having edited in one of the biggest figures — Beyoncé. It was left unconfirmed — until now. John Oliver, who plays Zazu in the film, revealed that she definitely wasn't in attendance for the group picture.
Many fans laughed the retouch off, but others thought it was a little bit of a diva moment for the actor/musician. Haters should remember that she's been hard at work voicing Nala, crafting an entire album, and creating stunning music videos for the production.
She also created this stunning music video to go along with "Spirit."
Not only did Beyoncé star in the film, she created musical moments to go along with it. The joint album was already enough, but being the artist that she is, Beyoncé produced this stunning music video as well.
The star received some pushback from Grand Canyon National Park visitors for shutting down the park and filming for a few hours. The scene, in which she stands in front of a breathtaking waterfall, was filmed at Havasu Falls, a park landmark.
John Oliver, who plays Mufasa's right-hand bird Zazu, was so intimidated by the idea of standing next to Queen Bey — luckily he didn't have to.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Oliver revealed that the group picture was in fact Photoshopped because Beyoncé couldn't attend. Of course, Colbert pointed out the obvious space in the photo, too.
Oliver said, "She wasn't there, no. I think almost everyone else was there... I looked down and there was just this piece of tape on the floor with Beyoncé's name on it... The future presence of Beyoncé was so intimidating, so if you look at my face, I look really intimidated. Because what I'm doing is imagining that I am about to be put into a photo with Beyoncé one day, and that was nerve-wracking enough."