It’s always been clear that Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway are friends, especially considering that they have performed together at the Oscars and then spend many months rehearsing and shooting ‘Les Miserables’. Their camaraderie can be seen in all of their interviews, and especially when they talk about each other in glowing terms.
In an interview with Flicks and Bits, when asked whether there was a particular day of filming that stood out for him, Hugh singles out a day of shooting with Anne at the end of the film, saying, “The very last scene of the movie. It was shot right near the end. I was standing with Anne Hathaway, who’s a great friend of mine, and I was watching her because she was losing a lot of weight at the time for the particular part in the movie. And I just looked out… there was the barricades, 300 extras, and this massive big field where we were singing the ending. It just struck me how incredibly luck we all were to be in a musical, because they don’t happen very often. And also incredibly lucky to be singing live, because that happens even less often on a film (laughs). Just thinking about how close we all had become. And the music… it was hair on the back of the neck time!”
He also talks about becoming close with the rest of the cast as well, saying, “Oh man, I don’t think I’ve ever been a part of a movie where it had such a feeling of ensemble. We really bonded as a group, I think partly because of the nature of the material, partly because we had 9 weeks of rehearsal – which very few movie companies or directors will allow access to have. And I think also, we were all not only fans of the musical, but we were also aware we were doing something that’s never been done before. It’s a little nerve-wracking, it’s partly an unknown – but there’s nothing like that to bring everyone together.”
Les Miserables releases on Christmas Day, and is expected to compete with ‘Django Unchained’ for the top-earning film of that day.