Back when Les Misérables was filming, there were reports that photographer Annie Leibovitz was on set. Only now, for the December issue of Vogue, are we finally seeing the fruits of her labor. A slideshow entitled Dreaming a Dream: The Cast of Les Misérables shows the film’s actors in character: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), and the Thenardiers (Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen).
On Jean Valjean: “He’s one of the great literary characters of all time; a real study of the human spirit under the worst adversity possible.”
On filming Les Mis: “The stakes were as high as they could possibly be every day. And that sort of cauldron of expectation and pressure and excitement was exhilarating.”
Anne Hathaway is on the cover of the December issue, and her feature article – Leap of Faith – goes pretty in-depth into the making of Les Mis. There are some quotes from Hugh, along with on set anecdotes — did you know Russell had sing-along parties at his apartment on Fridays? For those interested, there’s also a short video right here, which goes behind the scenes on Anne’s Vogue cover shoot, along with comments from her and Eddie on Les Mis. Check out the nice things Eddie had to say:
“One of the most extraordinary things – and complicated things – about this film was the meeting of the theater world and the film world. Hugh and Annie worked out how to combine those two worlds and were really role models, in some ways, on how to make this incredibly famous work have new life breathed into it.”
No, Hugh Jackman hasn’t lost his Hollywood nice guy image — he’s just teasing his good friend, Daniel Craig, who was honored with the 2012 Britannia award for Best British Artist. After running through a list of actors who had been “considered” for the role of James Bond (including old Hugh faux-rivals, George Clooney and Brad Pitt), Hugh gives his congratulations to Daniel in this BBC video.
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.
Hugh Jackman probably won’t be on a full publicity run for Rise of the Guardians, as he’s currently wrapping up The Wolverine in Australia, but hopefully we’ll get more videos like this. In this short Q&A, he talks about why kids will love the film (all their heroes fighting together to protect childhood), the pros of the main cast (and what each individual brought to the role), the lessons found within Guardians (working as a team helps you realize your greatest potential), and the visuals (DreamWorks’ sophistication). Rise of the Guardians hits theaters November 21st
A new, international trailer for Les Misérables has been released — and Hugh Jackman is featured in it! This one is much more of a medley, showcasing numerous songs from the musical, including “Castle on a Cloud,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “One Day More” (where we get to hear a bit of Hugh singing), and “Do You Hear the People Sing?” This one seems to have a lot more focus on the protagonist of the film, Jean Valjean, rather than Fantine, which makes it extra exciting. Hopefully we’ll get a U.S. theatrical trailer soon (rumor has it that it may come next week).