Reviews are embargoed for Tom Hooper’s “Les Miserables,” which screened for the first time Thanksgiving weekend, but some tweets have hit the internet, promising some spectacular performances and indicating a likelihood of audience tears. Indiewire has gathered several tweets, including our own, here.
Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly has snagged exclusive first interviews with Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, where the pair discuss preparing for these difficult roles – Jackman goes as far as to compare the stress of live singing to doing a nude scene. In the film, Jackman plays Jean Valjean, a man imprisoned after stealing food to feed his family, who changes his identity and comes across a great fortune to find himself a respected member of society. Anne Hathaway plays Fantine, a hapless factory worker for Valjean who suffers through her share of struggles. Here are some snips from the interview; a clip of Jackman is posted below:
Jackman on his rivalry with Russell Crowe:
We really pushed each other. That rivalry at the beginning, it really is a constant throughout. It had to be strong, and it’s really one of the spines of the story, that runs from beginning to end.
Anne Hathaway on her first time seeing ‘Les Miserables’:
My first experience was seeing my mom in the show. I was 7 and she was cast in the first national tour as the factory girl who gets Fantine fired. And she [understudied] for Fantine. So my first time seeing the show was when she was the factory girl, and my second time seeing the show was when she played Fantine… Yeah, yeah. [Laughs.] I’ve been hired into the family business – of simulating prostitution and death.
“Les Miserable” premieres on December 25h.