The actor told Vogue magazine, “After Annie’s first day of rehearsal, I said to Tom, ‘You can just turn the camera on, digitally remove the script from her hands, and she’s going to win the Academy Award.’”
In the film, Hathaway plays Fantine, a heartbreaking character who has to sell her teeth and hair to satisfy her debts after becoming a young, unwed mother to an ill child. She then eventually turns to prostitution.
Amanda Seyfried, who plays Fantine’s daughter, also felt the effects of how powerful Hathaway’s performance was going to be. She said, “As soon as I heard her sing, I was like, ‘Oh s**t. I’ve got to up my game big time.’”
“Les Miserables” opens in theaters nationwide on Christmas, Dec. 25.