Actor Hugh Jackman talks about the dream role of playing Jean Valjean in a newly released musical featurette about the making of Les Miserables.
In the new Les Miserables featurette on Yahoo Movies, Hugh Jackman talks about his experience creating the character of Jean Valjean in the upcoming adaptation of the classic story.
The Golden Globe nominee describes his process as an actor and performer and what this film has meant for him.
“This is the kind of role you dream of playing,” said Jackman about playing Jean Valhean in Les Miserables. “It requires everything I’ve done, a bit of stage work and film work, I feel it coming together for this movie.”
Jackman goes on the explain how he gave 110 percent of his energy and how he did everything he could to nail the role.
The new Les Miserables also gives fans a look at the several different looks of High Jackman as Jean Valjean in the Tom Hooper directed adaptation of the stage musical Les Misérables, based on the novel by Victor Hugo.
“I think musicals are the Mount Everest of movie making,” Jackman admitted. “I don’t think there’s anything more difficult to pull off. I’ve never felt a role that requires more of me in every respect, emotionally, acting wise, vocally, physically.”
“Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever.”
Les Miserables stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne and will hit theaters in the United States on December 25.