A Joyful ‘Les Misérables’

New Straits Times has posted a new article about Hugh Jackman, revealing some new information about his involvement with Les Misérables. Although it’s known he auditioned for Beauty and the Beast by singing “Stars,” did you know that he was also considered to play Javert on stage? Check out an excerpt of the article below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive.

The night before the cameras rolled on Les Misérables, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe presented the BAFTA award for Best Film at a glittering ceremony in London.

Although Jackman and Crowe, both Australians, have been friends for years, it was the first time that they had worked together. Funny, hugely entertaining and with perfect timing, they proved to be a formidable double act and stole the show.

It was, says Jackman, the perfect way to warm up for the main event — filming Les Misérables, the world’s most successful musical, for director Tom Hooper with a stellar all-star cast that includes Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

“Russell and I have always got on well but BAFTA was the first time we’ve ever done anything like that,” says Jackman. “And I remember being on stage and he was seriously making me laugh, and I thought, ‘This is really going to work. And even though what we’re doing on Les Mis is not comedic, we felt like a team. And I said that to him, ‘Man, this feels like a good team…’ And he said, ‘Absolutely brother.’ And after the show he gave me a hug and said, ‘I’ll see you at work tomorrow.’ And we were off and running.”