There have been so many Les Misérables articles and interviews recently that it’s be a bit tough to catch up. Not to mention, a lot of them repeat information so individual updates almost seem redundant. Because I know I’m a bit behind, however, I figure I’d include a “round-up” of some recent press featuring Hugh. Some of these are in the press archive, though I strongly encourage you to visit the original source to read the material anyway. Those marked with an asterisk (*) are recommended:
Earlier today, December 21st, Les Misérables held its Australian premiere in Sydney. Aussies Hugh Jackman and co-star Russell Crowe were both in attendance at the event. Pictures from the premiere are still coming in, so I’ll be adding them as they become available. In the meantime, enjoy those already available in the gallery, as Hugh looks beautiful in his tuxedo. Check out a couple of videos below:
Back on December 3rd, Hugh Jackman met with Josh Horowitz for “MTV After Hours,” but the “interview” was only posted yesterday. I’m not sure if there will be more to this, as it’s just a parody of Hugh joking he’ll be making a movie based on Josh’s life, but it’s pretty funny regardless. It’s a miracle Hugh managed to deliver some of these lines – especially the song at the end – without bursting into laughter. Check out pictures from the interview below, or the short video below.
On December 20th, Hugh Jackman joined Les Misérables director Tom Hooper and producer Cameron Mackintosh for a photo call. It took place in front of the gorgeous and iconic Sydney Opera House, providing an amazing backdrop for the Australian shoot. Several images from the photo call have been added to the gallery. The Sydney premiere is scheduled for today, December 21st.
Early December 20th, Hugh Jackman appeared on Australia’s morning show, “TODAY,” to talk about Les Misérables. He was eventually joined by director Tom Hooper and producer Cameron Mackintosh to talk about the film, which was full of compliments. At the end, Hugh joins chef Curtis Stone to try a turkey roast recipe. Just as a notice: the first video doesn’t feature any interview and serves as a short summary of Hugh’s career, if you’re interested. The rest of the videos are below.
The latest Les Misérables featurette tells us what we already know: Hugh Jackman is Jean Valjean. In it, he talks about the daunting nature of tackling the role in such an epic-sized movie-musical. There are clips of “Valjean’s Soliloquy” throughout, emphasizing the hard work Hugh put into playing a character. Near the end, compliments from cast and crew only help to prove that Hugh was the right man for the job — especially when Cameron Mackintosh specifically comments on Hugh’s spirituality, which was necessary to have in any actor portraying Jean Valjean.
I’ve been waiting for the full episode of “Katie” to pop up before posting an update; however, nearly a week after the episode was filmed, nothing has appeared online. On December 13th, Hugh Jackman appeared on Katie Couric’s talk show to talk about Les Misérables and his family, including the heartache he and wife Deborra-Lee Furness experienced when trying to get pregnant and miscarrying. Although the entier episode isn’t yet available, there are several clips that you can view below:
Here’s an amazing, long video featuring Hugh Jackman being “interviewed” by Fandango’s chief correspondent, Dave Karger — but it’s an incredibly unique take on an interview. While going through the show-stopping “Who Am I?” from Les Misérables, Dave asks Hugh various acting decisions used throughout the song, or occasionally Hugh pauses the video himself to point out specific moments from the set. It’s very insightful, and we actually learn why that famous declaration of “I’m Jean Valjean!” is much more subdued in Tom Hooper’s vision of Les Mis.
Universal has released yet another Les Misérables featurette, this time focusing on the musical’s original and famous Jean Valjean, Colm Wilkinson. Colm will be seen in Tom Hooper’s movie-musical adaptation as the Bishop, so this video highlights the importance of his role and passing on the Valjean baton to Hugh Jackman. There’s also some humorous parts where Hugh teases Colm about reinventing the role, making it an exception to sing those high notes now expected in songs such as “Bring Him Home.”
This isn’t so much a clip as it is the entire song; but for those interested, you can now watch the full “One Day More” scene from the movie-musical, Les Misérables. Needless to say, it’s a spoiler, so only watch if you’re content with viewing this pinnacle moment in the story out of context. Hugh Jackman is shown throughout, leading the way of the song and sounding gorgeous when proclaiming, “one day more!”
For those who didn’t catch my tweet about it, I was lucky enough to see Les Mis on Friday. I wrote up an experience on my website, if you’re interested thoughts from a mega-fan of the musical and novel. (Beware of spoilers!)
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