With all of the Oscar buzz surrounding the film, it’s hard to believe that it was a difficult project to get off the ground. Director Tom Hooper explained, “It was a big risk. Hopefully, it seems like less of a risk now. I was wrestling with the question, Do musicals seem a little bit fake because people are singing? Or is it because they’re lip syncing? And my hunch was that the tradition of singing to playback made it slightly unreal.”
Hathaway weighed in on fighting to get the part of Fantine. “There was resistance because I was between their ideal ages for the parts — maybe not mature enough for Fantine but past the point where I could believably play Cosette [Fantine’s daughter, later embodied by Seyfried]. And I did what I do when I really want a role: I got fiery and told my agent, ‘Just get me in the room.’”
See the results for yourself when “Les Miserables” hits theaters nationwide on Christmas day.