Oscar nominee Anne Hathaway was willing to do a lot for her role as Fantine in "Les Miserables": She chopped off her hair, lost 25 pounds, and even sang. But she would not wear leather shoes.
The actress is vegan and asked the costume designer to make her footwear animal free as well.
Costume designer Paco Delgado, who used all custom footwear on the set, had special shoes for the star. "[Hathaway]'s vegan, so we couldn't use any animal materials on the shoes for her character Fantine," he told Footwear News. "We had to find very specific shoemakers to create lace-up boots and ankle boots."
Hathway isn't the only star with unusual demands on set. Nicole Kidman declined to use a racial slur written in the "Paperboy" script, despite the director's insistence. The period melodrama set in Florida, about a journalist and a murder, called for the actress to hurl the N-word at a black co-star. Kidman would not.
Director Lee Daniels expressed his bafflement at her decision. Speaking at a press conference at the New York Film Festival, Kidman explained her refusal, saying, "I didn't feel like it was right for the character." She added, "I have a son who's African American, and I just didn't feel it was right. It wasn't right."
Barbra Streisand, on the other hand, knew she was being difficult. For her role in "The Guilt Trip," co-starring Seth Rogan, she told Yahoo! Movies, "I made it very hard for them to hire me." Even though the story is about a mother and son driving cross-country, the 70-year-old singer and actress asked that they film just 45 minutes from her house in Malibu.
Rogen admitted that the two never actually drove or went very far for the road flick. "We were almost never in a moving car," he said, adding, "We didn't leave Malibu, literally, while making this movie. I'm not joking."