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Let the Les Misérables press begin: Entertainment Weekly has published the first interview of Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, where they both talk about the upcoming Tom Hooper-directed film adaptation of the popular musical (based on the popular Victor Hugo book). There’s some great insight into Hugh’s approach towards Jean Valjean, including preparations such as reading scenes featuring his character the night before he was due to shoot equivalent scenes. He also talks a little of Colm Wilkinson and Russell Crowe, including their influences on him on and off the Les Mis set. Lastly, there’s some philosophical Hugh to wade through with regards to the novel’s overall message and theme. Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive:

Since [Colm Wilkinson] played Jean Valjean for years, was there anything valuable you picked up from him?
I did ask him a couple questions, but I remember him saying at one point, “It doesn’t matter in the end. What matters is you do it your way.” He said, “I’ve been to some shows, and I see them trying to do it the way I did. And I actually didn’t do it the way it was written. In the end, the way it was written didn’t really serve me, so I changed it. And now people think that’s how it was written, when it wasn’t.”

What a very Valjean thing to do: defy the rules.
That’s absolutely right! The other thing he said was he used to read the book periodically when doing the show, because it’s like dipping into gold. I’d read the book a couple of times, and I marked it up so I would read the scene written in the book the night before I would go on and act the scene in the film.

The other co-star I wanted to talk about was Russell Crowe. Valjean is very New Testament, all about forgiveness and redemption, and Javert is very Old Testament, much more about wrath and judgment.
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.

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In a current feature with Vanity Fair, Amanda Sayfried – who plays Cosette in the upcoming film, Les Misérables – talked a little about Hugh Jackman. It’s not very in-depth (perhaps there’s more in the full article), but she has both very kind words about her co-star… along with a pretty funny anecdote in which they “sexualized everything.” Check out the excerpt below:

In Les Mis, [Amanda Seyfried] plays the adopted daughter of Hugh Jackman. Is it true, I ask, that nobody has a bad word to say about him? “There is nothing bad to say about Hugh. He isn’t human. I bet you anything he’s got some kind of superhuman capabilities, beyond just being just the kindest, gentlest soul I’ve come across.” Plus, she says, he has a wildly inappropriate sense of humour, which she shares.

Together they invented alternative story lines that transformed their characters’ tender relationship into something altogether less innocent, like the old Renault “Papa!” and “Nicole!” ads gone wild. “We sexualized everything as much as we could. It was really funny, the moments we could find… It’s like every movie has another version, another satirical version of itself.”

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November 20th, 2012
Kristina

Two New ‘Les Mis’ Film Stills

While scouring the web for some new Les Misérables content, I ran across these film stills featuring Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean. As far as I know, these haven’t been shared widespread at all, so I hope many of you are seeing them for the first time and that you enjoy the newest insight into the upcoming film.

Check out the above video of Hugh Jackman and Chris Pine introducing Rise of the Guardians, followed by a (pretty decently long) clip of the film when Jack Frost arrives at the North Pole. There’s also a Q&A with cast and crew after the scene with director Peter Ramsey, Alec Baldwin (Santa Claus, aka North), Isla Fisher (The Tooth Fairy, aka Tooth), and executive producer Guillermo del Toro. If the video doesn’t satiate you, there’s also a new article on the film with a couple of quotes from Hugh talking about Guardians — and how his kids already love the series (even if Bunnymund isn’t their favorite character):

During one of the story meetings, it was determined that Santa’s bodyguard yetis were the ones who made toys and not the elves, who are a bit flighty. And when talking with Ramsey, Jackman convinced Ramsey to let Bunnymund have a little chip on his shoulder since North gets all the attention.

The key to voicing a gruff, albeit gentle, ninja rabbit? “Always recording early in the morning — then there’s no acting required when it comes to gruffness,” says Jackman, whose 12-year-old son Oscar and 7-year-old daughter Ava are already Guardians fans.

“It’s really so fulfilling to me that they are so excited by it. They are obsessed with the movie and have been reading all the books since then. I’d like to say Bunnymund was their favorite, but I think the truth is that Sandman was their favorite and they just don’t want to hurt my feelings.”

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As much as I loved Flor’s previous layout on Hugh Jackman Fan, I really wanted to have a Les Misérables-themed design in honor of the movie coming out next month. After contacting Flor, she’s wowed me yet again with this brilliant new look featuring Hugh Jackman as the iconic character, Jean Valjean. I wanted emphasis solely on Hugh as the worn literary figure, escaping from his convict past and looking forward to a better, more hopeful future. If you see any errors, please let me know. Hope you enjoy!


I’ve just added some high-quality film stills and concept art of Rise of the Guardians to the gallery. You can view three illustrations for the film, including early character artwork and a beautiful “painted” scene from the movie itself. There are also stills from Guardians, each featuring the ensemble cast along with Hugh Jackman’s Bunnymund.

November 15th, 2012
Kristina

Film Still for ‘Movie 43’ Released

A film still from the upcoming Movie 43 has been released. Finally, we get a look at Hugh Jackman’s character… and a hint of a certain aesthetic abnormality he may or may not have. Still not sure what his character’s name is, but we’ll find out soon enough: the movie hits theaters January 25th.

Deborra-Lee Furness is more than the actress wife of Hugh Jackman — she’s a philanthropic woman deeply invested in adoption rights and children’s well-being. Recently, she’s been promoting National Adoption Awareness Week to get the word out on such a disenfranchised act in Australia: adoption. You can check out a few interviews with her at Herald Sun, The Age, and Hope 103.2 (audio).

On November 12th, she and husband Hugh Jackman attended a special screening for The Life of Timothy Green to help kick off Adoption Awareness Week. She talks a little about this particular film of wanting a child in the above audio interview, for those interested. Pictures from the night have been added to the gallery.

Back when Les Misérables was filming, there were reports that photographer Annie Leibovitz was on set. Only now, for the December issue of Vogue, are we finally seeing the fruits of her labor. A slideshow entitled Dreaming a Dream: The Cast of Les Misérables shows the film’s actors in character: Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), and the Thenardiers (Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen).

On Jean Valjean: “He’s one of the great literary characters of all time; a real study of the human spirit under the worst adversity possible.”

On filming Les Mis: “The stakes were as high as they could possibly be every day. And that sort of cauldron of expectation and pressure and excitement was exhilarating.”

Anne Hathaway is on the cover of the December issue, and her feature article – Leap of Faith – goes pretty in-depth into the making of Les Mis. There are some quotes from Hugh, along with on set anecdotes — did you know Russell had sing-along parties at his apartment on Fridays? For those interested, there’s also a short video right here, which goes behind the scenes on Anne’s Vogue cover shoot, along with comments from her and Eddie on Les Mis. Check out the nice things Eddie had to say:

“One of the most extraordinary things – and complicated things – about this film was the meeting of the theater world and the film world. Hugh and Annie worked out how to combine those two worlds and were really role models, in some ways, on how to make this incredibly famous work have new life breathed into it.”

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