In a new interview with Flaunt, Eddie Redmayne talked a bit about Les Misérables. At one point, when discussing his role in Richard II, he considered the responsibility of certain roles — namely, the first on a call sheet. Because Hugh Jackman was “number one” on Les Mis, he set the tone of shooting days in a way that Eddie recalls (with great compliments) below:
Redmayne moves rather quickly into the experience of playing Richard II in Michael Grandage’s Donmar staged production of Richard II. Redmayne hesitates. So much history concerns the relationship between authority and subject. The modes of this relationship manifest in various social and professional situations. Take, for instance, Redmayne suggests, the relationship between an actor and his role. Richard II is a juicy role, a massive undertaking, and with it comes a lot of responsibility.
Redmayne: And I asked Michael, who had enormous amount of faith in me, “Now that I’m Richard, what do I do to lead the cast?” [Grandage] says to me, “Eddie, you’re playing the king. The thing does it for you.” And that’s sort of the thing with actors in Hollywood. The number one on the call sheet basically dictates the atmosphere of the film set. Les Mis was kind of extraordinary because Hugh Jackman is a movie star. Incredibly talented, ridiculously hardworking, and unbelievably generous. I remember he was shooting in February in England in Portsmith, in water in 40-degree weather, with a hundred extras behind him. I think the extras were about to walk off set, like, “I’m not doing this.” It was extraordinarily miserable. But because Hugh was up front, in front of all the guys, take after take after take, again, they managed to stay on.