Anne Hathaway had to beg for her role in 'Les Miserables'

By Christopher Rosa,

Anne Hathaway had to beg for her role as Fontaine in Les Miserables.

According to The L.A. Times, Hathaway had to change producers’ minds.

Hathaway told the publication, "I'm just very lucky that at this stage in my career, unless there's really stalwart opposition, I can usually get myself into a room. Once you're in there, all bets are off. You can change people's minds. I did it, and I've done it before."

She continued, "I was asked to prepare 'I Dreamed a Dream' and 'The Arrest.' We went through each a few times, and Tom and I talked about the character — how would you do this scene, how would you do that scene? I love musical theater and film, and I've never gotten a chance to talk to anyone about my ideas about it before, so that might have been it.

"And then he said, 'Hey, do you mind doing the death scene? And I didn't, because my mom [actress Kate McCauley Hathaway, who performed in the musical's original touring cast] did the role. I literally grew up hearing her practicing and singing it, so I was able to wing it. After that, Tom still had to see everyone else in Hollywood. It was a month before I learned that I had the role."

Anne Hathaway's career has developed from teen actress to full-fledged movie star. She broke out in 2001 in the The Princess Diaries. However, with major and supporting roles in films like The Devil Wears Prada and Brokeback Mountain, she managed to make the transition to mature film actress.

She was critically acclaimed in 2008 for her role Rachel Getting Married. She was nominated for almost every major award that year, including the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. However, she lost several times to Kate Winslet for The Reader. Many people think this is Hathaway's year.

Hathaway has won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance at the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild awards. She is the front-runner for the Oscar in the same category.

In the video below, Hathaway sings “I Dreamed a Dream” in a trailer for Les Miserables.

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