Breaking Records and Les Miserables — Just Another Day for Hugh Jackman

A new interview has surfaced for the new year, in which Hugh talks about breaking Broadway box office records and Les Miserables, his upcoming movie. There’s also some talk about the Australian film festival, Tropfest, and gives some advice for would-be filmmakers looking to score a hit in the inaugural event brought to New York. Check out an excerpt below, then head to the source for the whole thing:

Back on Broadway broke a number of Broadway records, like the highest weekly gross for the Shubert Organization.
The show has gone way better than we could have imagined. I decided to do it because Wolverine kept getting delayed, so I didn’t want to just sit around waiting. I had quite modest ambitions. I said to my agent, “Find me a 30-minute charity gig or something, just get me going,” and he rang me the next day and said, “We’ve got a theater.”

You’re starting rehearsals for the movie adaptation of Les Miz later this month. I read that there are going to be no prerecorded songs — that you’ll be singing live on the set. Is that true?
Yes, I believe we are going to be singing live. We will obviously have to do a safety prerecord, because when you’re singing you’ve got to have all the music in your ear, and I’m guessing also for quality of sound for the soundtrack. And sometimes when you film there are noises — smoke machines, things like that — where the actual sound on set may not be usable. But most of it we’re going to be singing live, which for something like Les Miserables is essential. You don’t want it to feel like it’s all done in a recording studio, nor do you want it to look like the actors are miming the whole thing. I wouldn’t know how to do that. I think it would take more work to mime it than to sing it.

Tropfest has been in Australia for twenty years. Why expand to New York now?
Tropfest is like a rock concert in Sydney. You get 100,000 people watching short films, and suddenly all of Sydney thinks they are filmmakers. It has demystified that whole idea of, “Oh my God, it’s impossible to make films and you can’t do it without a lot of money.” So it seems to me that if it can work in Sydney, Australia, then in New York it should become an even bigger phenomenon. This is New York!

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