‘Les Miserables’ Star Anne Hathaway Sings With ‘Extraordinary Fragility’

'It's going to be different, for sure. This is the first time anyone has ever tried it like this,' Hathaway says of singing live on set in a new 'Les Miserables' featurette.

It’s never too early for Oscar season to start, as evidenced by a brand new award-worthy featurette for “Les Misérables,” director Tom Hooper’s adaptation of the beloved musical. The new footage centers on the film’s innovative use of music; rather than relying on post-production recordings, the esteemed ensemble of actors are singing live right on the set, aided only by an ear piece playing live piano accompaniment.
“It’s going to be different, for sure,” actress Anne Hathaway, who plays pivotal supporting character Fantine , says in the featurette. “This is the first time anyone has ever tried it like this.”

Hathaway’s rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” was the centerpiece of the “Les Misérables” trailer released earlier this year, and it gains an equal amount of attention towards the end of this latest featurette. Eddie Redmayne, who stars in the musical as young rebel-in-love Marius, praised Hathaway’s performance: “When I saw the trailer with Anne singing with this extraordinary fragility, that song I thought I knew pretty well… suddenly, I listened to the lyrics for the first time, afresh.”

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