Hugh tops in a who’s who

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

Tom Hooper was pre­pared to walk away from the big screen adap­ta­tion of Les Mis­er­ables if ac­tor Hugh Jack­man re­fused to sign on as his lead­ing man. The film­maker re­cruited an all-star line-up to bring his vi­sion to life, with Rus­sell Crowe as po­lice in­spec­tor Javert and Anne Hath­away as pros­ti­tute Fan­tine. But Hooper ad­mits Jack­man was key to the whole project – and in­sists there would be no movie with­out the Aus­tralian as Jean Val­jean. ‘‘I would not have made this film at all if Hugh Jack­man did not ex­ist – there was no sec­ond choice,’’ he says. ‘‘The power of the man when you’re stand­ing next to him and he’s singing those songs . . . it just sort of knocks you side­ways.’’

Hugh Jack­man as Jean Val­jean hold­ing Is­abelle Allen as Young Cosette

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