The hit West End Musical, Les Misérables, has been reborn as the cinematic musical experience of a lifetime, and to celebrate its release we’re showing you a new behind-the-scenes video clip.
The special sneak-peek clip features the actors talking about how they learnt to sing live for the film.
The much anticipated interpretation of the musical, directed by Tom Hooper, differs from any other adaptation of a musical since none of the actors post-dubbed their songs.
Muscular Wolverine actor, Hugh Jackman, described singing live as a ‘daunting’ experience but ‘it gives you freedom ‘.
Anyone who’s seen Les Misérables will know it’s a very emotional production which is why singing the songs live makes the story even more ‘intimate and real’ according to Jackman.
English actor and Burberry model, Eddie Redmayne, is playing Marius Pontmercy and said ‘recording live gives us the spontaneity of normal film acting’.
The Princess Diaries actress, Anne Hathaway, decided not to try and sing a perfect ‘pretty version’ of the show-stopper, I Dreamed a Dream and instead applied ‘the truth to the melody to see what happened’.
Many of the film’s scenes have been taken directly from the stage musical. A lot of the production was shot at Pinewood studios, as well as historic locations across the UK including the Royal Navy College in Greenwich and the Historic Dockyard in Chatham, Kent.
Hooper’s adaptation of the beloved global stage sensation, is released January 2013 and features a string of Hollywood actors.
Russell Crowe will be playing Inspector Javert, Hugh Jackman is taking the role of Jean Valjean, Anne Hathaway has been cast in the role of Fantine and Amanda Seyfried is playing Cosette.
Thieving Thénardier – a corrupt innkeeper – is set to be played by Borat star Sacha Baron Cohen, and the role of his larger-than-life wife has been taken by Helena Bonham Carter.
The long running musical features the show-stoppers I Dreamed a Dream, Bring Him Home, One Day More and On My Own.
Les Misérables – which is the world’s longest running musical – has been seen around the globe by more than 60 million people across 42 countries. It is set in revolutionary 19th-century France and tells the enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love.
If you can’t wait until Les Misérables is released in January, pay a visit to the film’s Facebook page and check out the four minute featurette below.