'Les Miserables', which recently wrapped production and is in post-production, has one of the best casts of the year: Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne are all terrific actors and incredibly appealing screen presences.
Now, Star Magazine is reporting that there was a major behind-the scenes drama between Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. Both Australian, both rugged, and both known as being tough guys (although Jackman definitely has more goodwill than Crowe these days).
“They refuse to be in the same room – trying to get them to promote a film together is a nightmare,” a source tells Star.
“They’ve known each other for a decade, but during this shoot, any shred of civility was thrown aside. They can’t stand each other, each calling the other an embarrassment to the profession. Russell sneers at Hugh’s musical-theater background. But Hugh says Russell embarrassed his country with his bad reputation in Hollywood."
Does this statement have any truth to it? So far, this is the first report that has come out about the cast not getting along, so it seems made up. However, it wouldn’t be surprising if it was true. Crowe has a history of volatile behavior, and he’s known for being difficult to deal with in character sometimes. Jackman, on the other hand, is known for always being the consummate professional and going out of his way to make everything easier for everyone else on set. I could see them butting heads over Crowe’s behavior very easily.
What do you think? Do you think that their off-screen friendship translated to shooting together, or did they actually fight with each other?