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It seems like having a big name in Hollywood will only get you so far, well at least with Tom Hooper.
The Les Miserables director admitted that he made everyone sing for their parts, including Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, and Russell Crowe.
According to Entertainmentwise , he told Sky News that, “Because we were doing the singing live it was really important that they showed me that they were capable of working in that way – they all had to prove they were up to singing this amazing score.”
He added that he also felt it was good because “it created a level playing field where no one had a pre-ordained right to get the part.”
But it looks like one star had a little jump on the audition process.
Remember when Anne Hathaway hosted the Oscars back in 2011? And sang “On My Own” to Hugh Jackman? Yea, Hooper remembers that too.
According to Backstage, he claimed, “I’m sitting at the Oscars, pretty sure that I’m going to direct Les Mis but not sure at all who I’m going to cast. And Anne Hathaway steps forth, to the front of the stage and sings a rendition of 'On My Own' to Hugh Jackman. And I’m going: Hold on a second, is Anne Hathaway using the Oscar stage as the ultimate auditioning platform for her talents and is she also suggesting Hugh Jackman while she’s at it?”
Ok, so Anne Hathaway may have planted a little seed in Hooper's head, although Hugh Jackman thoroughly denies the whole thing.
But if everyone had to audition, then it begs the question, how did Russell Crowe get that part?