Actor Hugh Jackman currently stands in a position that’s both enviable and unenviable at the same time; he plays the character Jean Valjean in the movie musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s book “Les Miserables.” His position is enviable because it is a grand role for any actor to play. It’s unenviable because it’s a well-known, much loved role. A lot of pressure sits on his shoulders because of that as a Dec. 24, 2012 Hugh Jackman interview with Fox News reveals.
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“Les Miserables” Movie Facts
The Hugh Jackman interview with Fox revealed that it was intimidating playing this beloved character. Although he felt the pressure from the fans of the musical to create the best Jean Valjean possible, the actor admitted he felt even more pressure from himself. He also admitted that despite the fact that the production was shot with live singing as opposed to in a studio first and lip-synced later, Jackman felt it was a challenge as an actor he couldn’t avoid.
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About the Tale of “Les Miz”
For those not in the know, the story of “Les Miserables” recounts the tale of
Jean Valjean, a man who spent nearly 20 year in prison for stealing a loaf of bread for his family. He initially got five years for the theft and eventually another 14 years for his subsequent escape attempts. When the character of Jean Valjean is finally freed from prison, he finds very quickly that life will still be a prison due to the yellow passport that he must carry with him. It is a document that will brand him a criminal for the rest of his days.
It’s a situation that nearly puts him back into prison as he wanders from place to place trying to find work and only finding rejection because of his former status as a convict. His life changes forever when he meets a priest who is in a position to send him back to prison for breaking the law, but who shows him grace instead. This act changes the character of Jean Valjean so much that he becomes the epitome of grace by the end of the story, including extending grace to his enemy, Inspector Javert.
Could Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean Get an Oscar Nod?
Fox interviewer Ashley Dvorkin also inquired about how actor Hugh Jackman felt about being in a film that was starting to get Oscar buzz. He charmingly joked that it throws him off because his son’s name is Oscar. But after the chuckles died down a bit, he admitted that he was pleased. Making big movies is always a risk and making musicals even more so. That being the case, Jackman maintained that if the movie did well in terms of awards, it would help offset some of the risk that the filmmakers and actors took to make it.
Actor Hugh Jackman can be seen now in the role of Jean Valjean in the movie adaptation of “Les Miserables.” He’ll also play in the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past” directed by Bryan Singer.
Sources: Fox News, IMDb
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