New Still: Samantha Barks as Eponine


FRAME is the set of ' Les Miserables ', the big-screen version of the music of Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublildirected by Tom Hooper . A considerable challenge, and this director: jumping off a small drama about a character who could not speak ( 'The King's speech' ) to an epic melodrama with a cast that does nothing but sing. A change of direction, given the size of the set and the stage or, first things first, the size and scope of the original novel, a romantic classic written by Victor Hugo in 1862 - is a challenge. As if not enough to adapt one of the famous musicals represented and viewed the world.Functions only 10,000 in England, a work so popular that in 2010, coinciding with the 25th anniversary of its premiere in London, agreed to sign three different productions at once. But bringing the cinema Les Miserables is a company that Hooper does not face alone, but as captain of a star cast: Hugh Jackman gets into the skin of the hero, Jean Valjean, but his side are Russell Crowe as Javert, his opponent, Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter (the Thenardier) and Eddie Redmayne (Marius).


One of the most moving music ever written, tells a gray and ragged Jackman, still dressed as Valjean. There is not a number of filling. It's a great song after another . For Cameron Mackintosh, producer of the film and one of those responsible for its premiere at the West End in 1985, the key is to not wanting to film a montage of the work but to turn that material into a film. And in that transformation Tom Hooper plays a vital role. Today, however, the director has booked a supporting role. All eyes are focused onSamantha Barks , the only main cast actress who is not a household name in the film. She is Eponine, a role she has portrayed on stage many times, and prepares to sing her big number: On My Own (Single I). And he sings really, because while most of his cast recorded music, or worse, dual voice to launch later songs in the set and shoot the playback, in ' Les Miserables 'do the actors give to chest: all the songs are with direct sound.


Samantha has one of the most beautiful voices I've ever heard , tells an enthusiastic Amanda Seyfried , surprised by the decision to Hooper to sing the cast. The first scene I shot was in an old chapel. The acoustics were amazing.I thought: What good song! Both Jackman or Seyfried as we have seen Anne Hathaway sing. The first was one of the stars of the musical 'Mamma Mia!' (Phyllida Lloyd, 2008) and the latter shone together in a number that was the highlight of the Oscars in February 2009. But what about Russell Crowe? It is true that the Australian leader for some years a rock band (The Ordinary Fear of God) and recently published a couple of albums with his wife Danielle Spencer and Canadian Alan Doyle, co-star in 'Robin Hood' (Ridley Scott, 2010). But is it enough credit?thing is , we said Jackman. Seyfried joins the praise: Russell experienced as anyone. Breathes, moves, eats, sleeps and dreams as Javert. Jackman tops: It will be a revelation, something unique.


But in addition to songs, 'Les Miserables 'has history: living Jean Valjean, a man sent to jail for stealing food, years later, freed from its past as the 24,601 prisoners, return to fight for their own and avoid the constant pursuit of the arresting officer, the commissioner Javert. A drama that turns into ordeal thanks to the framework: the nineteenth-century revolutionary France. The story is exciting , says Jackman in a break from filming. It is a story that has everything: emotion, drama, violence ... And I had never read so far. He had seen the musical, sure, but I did not read the novel by Victor Hugo until I started to prepare the character. Coming to the third reading. For an actor is pure gold, is like the Bible. Although added: Boublil and Schönberg, the creators of music, has written a new song especially for the Australian. It's a great honor, Jackman admits. came to see me act on Broadway see first hand what my voice. It is a great gift. I hope not to fail.