In a new article from Vanity Fair, Hugh Jackman talks a little about the upcoming Les Miserables. Who among his cast was he most surprised by vocally? Check out his answer below:
The lawn was chockablock with festivalgoers on blankets. “Who’s been here all afternoon?” Jackman asked the crowd, receiving whoops and whistles in reply. “Who’s been drinking all afternoon?” he asked, to louder whoops. Jackman’s apparent high-energy level showcased his skill as an actor: “I finished Les Miz at 2 a.m. last night in London, and I can’t believe I’m standing,” he told VF Daily before taking the stage.
We asked if anybody on the Les Misérables set surprised him with his or her singing ability. “I suppose everybody, really,” Jackman said. “I don’t know about surprise. Everybody had to audition for this part, so there were no, like, surprises. It’s not like anybody came on set who hadn’t already had to show what they could do.”
Russell Crowe has dabbled in rock music, but can he carry Broadway melodies? “Oh, I knew he could sing. He’s fantastic,” Jackman told us. “Eddie Redmayne is going to blow people away. I mean, everybody.”
While shooting in the U.K., Jackman managed to take in a little bit of the Queen’s Jubilee festivities. “We had one day off over that weekend, and it was the day where it was raining torrentially, and they had that boat-regatta thing,” he said. He did not get to meet the royals, but said that he got to meet the Queen last October.