Hugh Jackman Explains Why Shooting ‘Les Mis’ Was More Physically Demanding Than ‘Wolverine’

les_miserables_hugh_jackmanDespite being well-known for his absolute love of musicals, Hugh Jackman has never appeared in a film version of a musical until this month’s Les Misérables, one of the most successful stage musicals of all time.  Jackman explains to Movieline why doing a musical is harder than an X-Men movie… and it’s not because Jean Valjean, who he plays in Les Misérables, lacks retractable claws.

Jackman admits he has been waiting for the right role to make his big screen musical debut, but he never expected it would be in Les Misérables.  He confesses, “I’ve dreamt of being in a movie musical for a long time. For some reason I never even thought Les Mis would be possible. It was so iconic, the role wasn’t even on my radar.”

One of the challenges of playing Jean Valjean was that Jackman would have to lose much of his “Wolverine” bulk to play the character.  He explains that director Tom Hooper told him, “I want you unrecognizable. If you’re recognizable, I want your friends to think you’re sick.”  In fact, despite starring in numerous big screen action roles Jackman claims that starring in a musical is actually more physically demanding.  He says, “It’s weird coming from me, who’s played Wolverine, or has been in other action movies, you’d probably think, ‘at least a musical is going to be easy.’ But anyone who’s done a musical knows; whether you’re dancing or not, physically it’s the most difficult thing you can do.”

He continues, “Singing is incredibly physical. All of those things combined, as well as emotionally and vocally, it’s the most challenging thing, and usually all at once. It’s the kind of thing you want as an actor. You want to feel challenged. It’s good to feel uncomfortable. I’m really grateful, that’s the overwhelming feeling.”

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/kristen-dunst-fargo.jpg
Kirsten Dunst: Auditions are “the most stressful thing to me on the planet Earth”
Despite being a well-known actress with dozens of credits, Kristen Dunst tells Variety that she still thinks of auditions as “the most stressful thing to me on the planet Earth.” Most audiences first became familiar with Dunst after her appearance as the young vampire Claudia in 1994’s Interview with the Vampire, but Dunst confesses that […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Jessie-Mueller-Waitress.jpg
Jessie Mueller on Following up ‘Beautiful’ with ‘Waitress’: “I think early on I did feel little bit of pressure”
"I was taken with theater from the beginning, it was the coolest thing for me." - Jessie Mueller
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Sean-Hayes-An-Act-of-God.jpg
Sean Hayes on Why He Loves Theater and His Return to Broadway in ‘An Act of God’
"I think one of the worst mistakes an actor can make is run away from the role that made them beloved in the first place, that gave them an audience." - Sean Hayes
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/zachary-levi-she-loves-me.jpg
Zachary Levi on Starring in Broadway’s ‘She Loves Me’: “Honestly, the biggest challenge is just my own brain”
“My whole life, all I’ve ever wanted to do was be an actor and an entertainer and make people happy and also feel like I belonged" - Zachary Levi
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Ewan-McGregor-Last-Days.jpg
Ewan McGregor Talks Playing Jesus and the Devil in ‘Last Days in the Desert’
"I was just trying to play him like any other role, really. Who do I think he was? Who do I want him to be in this story?" - Ewan McGregor