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'Les Miserables' Screens, EW's Interview with Hathaway and Jackman [Video]

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood November 26, 2012 at 7:26AM

Reviews are embargoed for Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," 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.
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'Les Miserables'
'Les Miserables'

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.

This article is related to: Les Miserables, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Tom Hooper, Reviews, Reviews, Awards, Awards, Oscars


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.