“It’s going to be different, for sure,” Anne Hathaway declares in a new behind-the-scenes video for Les Misérables, where the cast – which includes Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, and Eddie Redmayne — talk about the controversial decision to have all the singing in the movie be live, instead of pre-recorded, which is what is typically done for a movie-musical.
Jackman walks people through Jean Valjean’s soliloquy, discussing how he can play with the beats and talk-sing as well to hit a different emotional chord. The cast also discusses the fact that singing live allows them more freedom because they can make choices in the moment, as opposed to months beforehand.
Intercut with their interviews is gorgeous new footage of the film, and musical theater nerds can begin to debate the new versions of the 27-year-old songs: We hear a bit of On My Own as well as In My Life, as the cast explains how they are wired to hear an off-screen piano while they are singing that will later be replaced by a 70-piece orchestra. We also see more of Hathaway’s version of I Dreamed a Dream, which was the focus of the first trailer.
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