The Cast of Les Miserables Dreamed A Dream

hugh jackman

The picture above was the face Hugh Jackman made when he found out he could start drinking water again. The now Golden-Globe-winning star notched up his first Oscar nomination for playing Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, which required him to build up (“but not like I’d been going to the gym”) and lose weight (“so that my friends wouldn’t recognize me”). To get the gauntness in his opening scene, he went so far as to not drink any liquids for 36 hours. Kids, do not try this at home.

It was all in line with playing what he says was the role of a lifetime. One, he told me, he prepared for, by tapping into Nelson Mandela’s experience. He does acknowledge the former president’s experiences were very much real, unlike that of the fictional legend of literature, but the part about emerging from prison to become a revered leader with no use for revenge certainly makes sense.

Playing Fantine in Les Misérables was also the dream role for Anne Hathaway – and a kind of cool full circle for the 30-year old actress. It was the last role her mom played before giving up acting to take care of her children full-time.

As for Russell Crowe, well, he says being in Les Mis was a purely selfish endeavour. Even though he’s an Oscar-winner, he still had to audition – no less after walking in the rain. That’s how much he wanted the role. He explains how that came to be:

And here, Hugh and Anne, talk more about making Les Miserables:

Les Misérables opens in South Africa today.


  1. Hi! I realize this is kind of off-topic but I needed to ask.

    Does operating a well-established blog like yours take a large amount of work?

    I’m completely new to running a blog however I do write in my journal
    on a daily basis. I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my personal experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any recommendations or tips for brand new aspiring bloggers.

  2. Good day! I simply would like to offer you a big thumbs up
    for your great information you’ve got right here on this post.
    I’ll be coming back to your site for more soon.

  3. I am really loving the theme/design of your
    site. Do you ever run into any web browser compatibility issues?
    A couple of my blog readers have complained about
    my site not operating correctly in Explorer but looks great in Safari.
    Do you have any recommendations to help fix this issue?

  4. When someone writes an post he/she maintains the
    image of a user in his/her mind that how a user can be
    aware of it. Therefore that’s why this piece
    of writing is amazing. Thanks!

  5. Hi there, I discovered your blog via Google even as
    searching for a related subject, your website came up, it seems great.
    I have bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hello there, just become aware of your weblog via Google, and located that it is truly informative.
    I’m gonna be careful for brussels. I will be grateful when you continue this in future.

    Many other folks might be benefited out of your writing.


  6. There is definately a great deal to find out about this topic.

    I really like all of the points you’ve made.

    games ps4 allenferguson games ps4

  7. Good blog you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find good quality
    writing like yours these days. I really appreciate people like
    you! Take care!! ps4 games 185413490784 ps4 games

  8. I’m gone to convey my little brother, that he should also pay a quick visit this
    web site on regular basis to get updated from newest news update.

  9. Hey! I know this is somewhat off topic but I was
    wondering which blog platform are you using for this website?
    I’m getting sick and tired of WordPress because
    I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at alternatives for another platform.
    I would be great if you could point me in the direction of a
    good platform.

  10. I like the valuable info you provide in your articles.

    I’ll bookmark your weblog and check again here regularly.
    I am quite sure I will learn a lot of new stuff right here!

    Best of luck for the next!

  11. I am really inspired along with your writing skills and also with
    the format in your blog. Is this a paid topic or did you customize it
    yourself? Either way stay up the excellent high quality
    writing, it is rare to peer a nice weblog like this one today..

  12. Oh my goodness! Amazing article dude! Thanks, However
    I am experiencing issues with your RSS. I don’t understand
    why I cannot join it. Is there anybody getting the same RSS problems?
    Anybody who knows the solution can you kindly respond?
    Thanx!! 0mniartist asmr

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.