‘Les Miserables’ Five Film Facts
Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman in Universal Pictures' 'Les Miserables'
For years, “Les Miserables” lovers have been dreaming the dream of seeing their beloved musical brought to the big screen. And now that their dream has become a reality, fans are singing the praises of Tom Hooper’s film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical. After one day (more) in theaters, the multi-Golden Globe nominee has earned an impressive A CinemaScore, and an A+ score amongst females. We all know “Les Mis” is the most talked about cinematic sing-along since “Chicago” (2002) won the Oscar for Best Picture, but here are Five Film Facts you might not know.
Anne Hathaway in Universal Pictures' 'Les Miserables'
1. Anne Hathaway is receiving rave reviews for her portrayal of Fantine, the single mother whose tragic arc is sure to wet many eyes this holiday season. She’s already earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress and is being widely hailed as the early Oscar frontrunner. It would seem that Hathaway was born to play the part -- which in a way, she was. When Hathaway was seven, her mother, Kathleen Ann McCauley, was cast in the touring production of “Les Mis” as an ensemble member, a factory girl, and as the understudy for Fantine. The second time Hathaway ever saw the musical, she got to see her mother play Fantine. “I think that was the show that made me really want to be an actress and really have a concept of getting up and performing and telling a story through performance and I've just loved singing ever since then,” Hathaway told Fox News.
2. We’ve all heard of stars making lavish requests that drive producers crazy, like requiring the removal of all blue M&M’s from craft services. While Hathaway’s unique needs may have been difficult to procure, there seems to have been some fairly sound reasoning afoot. Hathaway, a long-time vegan, extends her belief system beyond her belly and onto her feet; she requires cruelty free, vegan footwear. We repeat: Vegan footwear. "She's vegan, so we couldn't use any animal materials on the shoes for her character Fantine. We had to find very specific shoemakers to create lace-up boots and ankle boots. We also did flats that were much more sophisticated," Costume Designer Placido Delgado recently told Footwear News. We repeat: Footwear News. You can get a sense of what a great job Delgado did in the trailer above, right down to Fantine’s authentic, yet cruelty free, shoes.