The star of the epic drama re­veals five se­crets from the set

Daily Mail Weekend Magazine - - IT'S SHOWTIME - Do­minic West

When you play some­one’s ad­ver­sary you avoid each other. When I was on US se­ries The Wire, all the ac­tors play­ing cops stuck to­gether and like­wise all the gang­sters. So David Oyelowo, who’s in the role of Jean Val­jean’s neme­sis Javert, and I kept a very re­spect­ful dis­tance from each other when the cam­eras stopped.

Jean is very strong and in one scene I had to carry Josh O’Con­nor, who plays Mar­ius, on my back through some sew­ers. As soon as I met Josh I was dread­ing it. He’s slim but over 6ft and I had to do it for three days. It wasn’t easy.

I hate beards, es­pe­cially stick-on beards, and they wanted me to have full-on bushy side­burns be­cause they were right for the pe­riod, but I wor­ried that they made me look like Fred West, the killer I was cast as in the drama Ap­pro­pri­ate Adult. I ended up with longish side­burns as a com­pro­mise.

The cast is about 100 strong, which is great as you get to work with so many peo­ple. The down­side is that I only have two scenes with Olivia Col­man, who plays Madame Thenardier, and I wish I’d had more.

I’ve al­ways wanted to be in a mu­si­cal, although I can’t sing and of course this ver­sion has no songs. El­lie Bam­ber, who ap­pears as Cosette, and I both like bass-heavy hip hop mu­sic so we’d have it on in the make-up trailer.

Do­minic with David Oyelowo

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