Yesterday morning, Hugh Jackman spent some time at the BBC Radio One studios to conduct several interviews, one of which was for “The Radio Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw.” You can watch a video excerpt above or head to BBC Radio’s website for the full thing (Hugh comes on just after 2:08). In the interview, Hugh praises Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried for braving the cold London premiere for Les Misérables — and Amanda’s “cheeky” sense of humor. And remember when pictures of Hugh doing Gangnam Style popped up? He elaborates on that story, and who he used to visit every Monday while shooting The Wolverine.
Earlier this morning, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne sat down for a live Facebook chat organized by the UK Les Misérables page. It’s a hysterical interview – you can clearly see the camaraderie between the three co-stars – and they touch upon the film and their experience with musicals. (At one point, Amanda says that producer Cameron Mackintosh wants to do a concert with the movie cast!) The video plays on loop, so you may have to wait a while to see it start from the beginning.
New Straits Times has posted a new article about Hugh Jackman, revealing some new information about his involvement with Les Misérables. Although it’s known he auditioned for Beauty and the Beast by singing “Stars,” did you know that he was also considered to play Javert on stage? Check out an excerpt of the article below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive.
The night before the cameras rolled on Les Misérables, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe presented the BAFTA award for Best Film at a glittering ceremony in London.
Although Jackman and Crowe, both Australians, have been friends for years, it was the first time that they had worked together. Funny, hugely entertaining and with perfect timing, they proved to be a formidable double act and stole the show.
It was, says Jackman, the perfect way to warm up for the main event — filming Les Misérables, the world’s most successful musical, for director Tom Hooper with a stellar all-star cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.
“Russell and I have always got on well but BAFTA was the first time we’ve ever done anything like that,” says Jackman. “And I remember being on stage and he was seriously making me laugh, and I thought, ‘This is really going to work. And even though what we’re doing on Les Mis is not comedic, we felt like a team. And I said that to him, ‘Man, this feels like a good team…’ And he said, ‘Absolutely brother.’ And after the show he gave me a hug and said, ‘I’ll see you at work tomorrow.’ And we were off and running.”
There are four behind-the-scene videos uploaded by the official Les Misérables YouTube which feature great insight into the production of the film. The above video is a featurette on the new song written exclusively for Hugh Jackman for the movie-musical adaptation of the popular musical. You get a great general feel for the song and how Hugh sings it (which is just beautiful).
There are also videos for Production Design, Costume Design, and Hair & Make Up, each showing a lot of previously unseen footage from the film: notably, clips of “Master of the House” and “Lovely Ladies.” There’s really too much information to list individually (especially all the looks at Hugh’s Valjean spanning over the years), so I highly recommend watching them. You can view the other three below.
I dropped the ball on updating about this, although the pictures have been in the gallery for a couple of days now. There are pics of Hugh Jackman attending the Les Misérables London premiere after-party, December 5th, which shows him without that big coat he was wearing on the red carpet. He looks gorgeous! There are also pictures of him heading to the party as well. Enjoy!
Earlier today, the National Board of Review announced their 2012 award winners. (Keep in mind: they don’t announce nominees; just winners.) Although Les Misérables didn’t receive any singular acting nods, the film did walk away with two wins — including best cast. Not a bad way to start off the award season! Check out what the film won, then head over to IndieWire to see the full list of winners:
Best Ensemble: Les Misérables
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Hollywood Reporter has gone to the musicals: a special edition feature article on Les Misérables details the excruciating process of adapting the novel to musical and – 27 years later – the musical to film. There are quotes and comments from various cast and crew who worked on Les Mis, not to mention anecdotes about on set trauma (including a situation where Hugh Jackman assisted Amanda Seyfried after she fainted). Although not solely about Hugh, it’s a fascinating read. Read the excerpt below before heading to the source for the full, three-page article:
Nate Silver-style analytics made the case for the musical starring Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and Hugh Jackman.
The road to Hollywood hell is paved with fallen musicals. Since Chicago won the Oscar for best picture in 2003, they’ve landed with Richter-level thuds — from 2004’s The Phantom of the Opera, which earned $51 million, less than its production cost; to 2007’s Sweeney Todd, one of the few failed collaborations between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton; to the Daniel Day-Lewis starrer Nine (2009), which positively flatlined.
So it was with some trepidation that Working Title Films, the London-based production company headed by Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, took on the near-legendary stage musical Les Misérables.
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Earlier this evening, December 5th, Les Misérables held its world premiere in London, England. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Isabelle Allen, and Daniel Huttlestone were among some of the cast members to attend — along with many of the “barricade boys” playing revolutionary students in the film. The current Les Mis West End cast was also there. Other celebrities in attendance included Idris Elba, Gillian Anderson, Stephen Fry, Rosamund Pike, Matthew Morrison, Ellie Goulding, and Isla Fisher.
There are exactly 200 pictures of Hugh from the premiere in the gallery, with possibly more to come. You can also check out some videos from the event below, which I’ll be adding as they come in. Enjoy!