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Trivia / Les MisÚrables (2012)

  • Actor Allusion: Mrs. Lovett and Pirelli (whose accent is, of course, all over the place) have hidden compartments all over the place and are seen stuffing "this and that" into a giant meat grinder with a false leg. Sophie has to deal with a loving but somewhat mysterious parent.
  • All-Star Cast: Hugh Jackman (Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thénardier), Helena Bonham-Carter (Mme. Thénardier), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Samantha Barks (Éponine), and Aaron Tveit (Enjolras). In addition, Colm Wilkinson plays the Bishop of Digne while Frances Ruffelle and many other former cast members have cameos.
  • Dyeing for Your Art:
    • For the film Anne Hathaway had her hair cut short on camera and lost 25 pounds to make it look like she was dying.
    • Hugh Jackman lost 30 pounds (even recreating the diet that Valjean would have had in prison), shaved his head, and grew a scraggly beard for the scenes where Valjean was a convict, even going 36 hours without water. Even more amazing is that he was exercising heavily while still not eating, on Dwayne Johnson's advice, because he had to shoot The Wolverine almost immediately after Les Mis and had to get ready to bulk back up in record time.
  • Enforced Method Acting: According to the DVD commentary, the entire barricade building sequence was done by the actors themselves in real time, which was around 15 minutes, and the director's only instructions were four words: "Build a barricade. Action!"
  • Fake Nationality: The French characters are played by Australian, American and British actors.
  • Real-Life Relative: Russell Crowe's son, Tennyson, appeared in "Do You Hear The People Sing?" as one of the street urchins, waving the red flag, with Gavroche.
  • Saved from Development Hell: A film adaptation of the musical was discussed for many years; the 1991 souvenir program for the stage show claimed it was coming out in 1993 via TriStar Pictures. Universal Pictures was the studio that finally brought the movie to the light of day in December 2012.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The original cut is 4 hours with a 15-minute long battle sequence. But Hooper trimmed it down to 2 hours and 37 minutes which results to some songs cut with some scenes from the trailers not appearing in the final version of the movie, such as the last part of "The Confrontation" where Valjean and Javert continues singing the last stanza of the song in a form of a Distant Duet.
    • Before Samantha Barks reprised her role as Eponine for the film, Lea Michele, Taylor Swift and Scarlett Johansson (who also auditioned for the role of Fantine) were considered for the role
    • Before Anne Hathaway was cast as Fantine, Amy Adams, Marion Cotillard and Kate Winslet were considered for the role.
  • Word of God: In Master of the House, Madame Thénardier replaces an outgoing guest's luggage with a basket containing a baby. It is confirmed that the baby is Gavroche.