A new photograph showing Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway behind the scenes on the set of Les Misérables has been released via @LesMiserables (the official twitter). It’s been reported that both actors shared the same vocal coach for the film, and the picture seems to depict Hugh and Anne in front of a piano and sheet music – with tea – presumably while receiving lessons together.
Les Misérables fans might want to pop over to the Universal Pictures Awards website for some interesting, extra information on the production. Along with some costume sketches (under MEDIA), you can also find critical acclaim, cast/crew biographies, and amazingly thorough production notes. These notes span throughout the history of the musical, from stage to screen, with plenty of compliments to all involved. In one instance, director Tom Hooper had some extremely generous things to say about Hugh Jackman, which have been replicated below:
“It was the most thrilling audition I’ve ever done. Hugh’s command of acting through the medium of song is completely extraordinary. He can access an emotional life in himself through song almost more profoundly than through conventional dialogue. He is so fluent and so comfortable when he sings that one completely believes it’s his first choice of communication. He was the holy grail for me, a genius at both acting and singing.”
On November 28th, Hugh Jackman attended a Tokyo screening of Les Misérables. Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfriend – who play Fantine and her daughter, Cosette, in the film – were also in attendance, alongside producer Cameron Mackintosh. The actresses were previously together during Les Mis screenings in New York and Los Angeles, so it’s great to see them joining forces with Hugh now. Several images have been added to the gallery, and I’ll be adding more as they become available.
Check out a few videos from the promo event:
• Video #1: includes an amazing Japanese rendition of the “Do You Hear The People Sing?” reprise, plus Hugh talking to his pillow.
Many stills courtesy of HughJackMania.
Ten new film stills from Les Misérables have been added to the gallery. They are truly stunning, each one looking like a photo shoot, perhaps heightening the world within a movie-musical. Hugh is pictured with various co-stars, including Anne Hathaway in a couple. There’s even a new shot of him as Jean Valjean and his candlesticks! Check them all out in the gallery; luckily, they’re nice and HQ, too.
If you’re been following Les Misérables at all (and let’s hope you have been), you’ll undoubtedly have noticed the movie’s poster featuring a young girl with hair blowing to the side; an ode to the iconic imagery used in the stage musical. Isabelle Allen is the girl on that poster, playing young Cosette. When speaking to Eastbourne Herald, she elaborated on her experience when working on the set and, specifically, her camaraderie with co-star Hugh Jackman:
If it sounds glamorous rubbing shoulders with Hollywood stars, it was definitely hard work.
As Isabelle explained, “I had to spend around an hour every day in make-up – they had to do things like painting my teeth – and a lot of the time I was walking around bare foot. It was really, really cold. Even when we filmed inside they used fake snow that was freezing. Hugh Jackman asked the director if he could give me something called diving socks but he wanted it to be genuine. My character was meant to be cold so it helped if I was.
Far from being a precocious child star, Isabelle was praised by the director and production staff for her patience and professionalism –- no doubt helped by the odd tip given to her by her co-stars.
Hugh Jackman, of X-Men fame, was someone she became particularly close to. “It was a brilliant experience and I really enjoyed it,” she said. “Everyone was so friendly it was like a big family. Whenever I was cold people were wrapping me in blankets.
“Hugh Jackman was really nice and friendly. He was funny and helped me a lot. He gave me a great tip on how to look scared but told me not to tell anyone what it was.
“There is a picture of us sitting on a wall during rehearsals -– he is telling me how annoying I was! He was great fun.”
Hugh Jackman made a trip from Sydney to Seoul, South Korea for the first Les Misérables press conference and movie screening, November 26th. Sir Cameron Mackintosh – producer of the musical based on Victor Hugo’s novel – accompanied Hugh at the events. Seems it was a short visit, however, as Hugh was already spotted leaving Seoul, presumably to head to his next destination: Tokyo, Japan.
Check out a few videos from the press conference:
• Video #1: in which Hugh speaks to a fan using a Les Mis song for a competition.
• Video #2: in which Hugh praises Seoul, saying he loves visiting Korea.
• Video #3: in which Hugh talks singing live and having a song written for him.
• Video #4: in which Hugh argues why Jean Valjean is the greatest hero of all.
There have been so many news updates lately due to a press junket that happened on Saturday. They’re becoming a little overwhelming, so I’m keeping them all in this post instead. (In fact, I’ll do a “master post” for each city Hugh Jackman sits down in for multiple interviews from now on.) So, read on for all the latest on Hugh promoting Les Misérables in Sydney, with the most recent videos always at the top: