The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Even though Les Miserables is enjoying Oscar buzz, the road to making the film wasn’t as glamorous. All of the auditions were conducted in rundown studios.
2009 American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert seemed to anger a lot of people when he criticized director Tom Hooper’s decision to have the cast members of Les Misérables sing the musical’s challenging songs live rather than recording the songs separate from the film or otherwise hiring professional singers instead of actors.
Les Misérables has been a hit with audiences, even those who aren’t fans of musicals (it has already broken into the list of top 10 highest grossing musicals of all time).
I’m not into singing shows, so I admit I had to look up who Adam Lambert is when I started writing this story. Lambert — who was the runner-up on American Idol in 2009 — criticized Les Misérables director Tom Hooper’s decision to have the cast sing live during the production on his Twitter by saying,
Anne Hathaway on the Pressure of Singing ‘I Dreamed a Dream’ in ‘Les Mis’: “Put aside all that bullshit and just do your job”
There are many memorable songs in Les Misérables, but perhaps none are as beloved as “I Dreamed a Dream,” which is sung by Fantine. Over the last few decades it has been recorded by everyone from Neil Diamond to Aretha Franklin, and turned middle-aged Scottish singer Susan Boyle into a household name with a single television performance.
Despite 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.
‘Les Misérables’: Watch the Extended First Look Featuring Behind the Scenes Looks and Interviews (video)
Here is the extended first look of Les Misérables, will now hit theaters on Christmas Day. It features behind the scenes looks and interviews with the cast Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne and Director Tom Hooper.
Director Tom Hooper Made Stars Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway Audition For ‘Les Miserables’
One of the perks of being a big star is not having to audition for parts. After all, if an actor is well-known enough, his or her reputation and ability precedes him or her. But that wasn’t the case for the next big movie musical, Les Miserables. Despite stars like Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, and Anne Hathaway starring in the film, director Tom Hooper made all of them audition for their roles.
James McAvoy on British films: “We dumb our movies down because we want Americans to understand them”
“Why would we want this? Why do we like this? We don’t’.” He adds, “It’s like we’re patronizing them and short changing ourselves.”