Anne Hathaway - Anne Hathaway: Spontaneity of Les Miserables was freeing

Anne Hathaway loved the spontaneity of filming 'Les Miserables'.

The 30-year-old actress believes her performance as troubled prostitute Fantine was far more emotional and raw because of director Tom Hooper's innovative idea to have the cast sing live, which allowed her to fully let go as a performer.

She mused: ''It is unusual, it's not something I've ever been asked to do before, everything's always been pre-recorded. I once was told that I had to play a piano live in a film, and that became pre-record. I don't have extensive experience singing on film, but I loved getting to do everything spontaneously.

''I loved that each take could live on its own, as its own unique expression. And because we shot with multi-camera format, you didn't have to worry like, 'Oh, is the close up going to match the wide shot?' You just release and ride every emotion, and not check yourself as a performer. I loved that.''

The film - which also stars Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe - is an adaptation of the stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel about human hope and misery at the time of the French Revolution, and Anne enjoyed being able to concentrate on delivering a truthful performance without the need to appear ''pretty''.

She told ''In the film, I'm asking the audience to believe a lot of things. And there seems to me to be something selfish about trying to go for the pretty version of it, so I just sort of decided to apply the truth to the melody and see what would happen. I think it had a very freeing effect on us all.''


Tags: Anne Hathaway - Tom Hooper - Amanda Seyfried - Hugh Jackman - Russell Crowe


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