SBIFF 2013: Eddie Redmayne Talks LES MISERABLES, the Crazy Audition Process, and His Vocal Performance

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Working for 10 years in film and theater, British actor Eddie Redmayne is currently receiving attention and acclaim for his work as Marius in the Academy Award-nominated musical Les Misérables.  Honored for that performance, he was presented with a Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival (SBIFF), and Collider was there to cover and attend the event.

During the Q&A, the actor talked about what his crazy audition process was like, the ideas he had for his vocal performance, the thing he was most nervous about pulling off, working with co-stars Samantha Barks and Amanda Seyfried, who he’s learned the most from on set, and how the reaction they’ve gotten for the film is the greatest gift that he could ask for.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Eddie Redmayne Talks LES MISERABLES, His Audition Process, Singing His Big Song 23 Times, His Reaction to Seeing the Final Cut and His Marvel Auditions

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Opening today is director Tom Hooper’s fantastic adaptation of Les Miserables.  Loaded with great performances and top notch filmmaking, Les Mis is absolutely a contender for all the year end awards and it would shock me if Anne Hathaway doesn’t win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her incredible work as Fantine.  Her one take rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” was incredible and it’s the type of performance that’s unforgettable.  For more on the film, here are five clips and all our previous coverage.

At the recent NYC press day for the film I did an exclusive interview with Eddie Redmayne (Marius).  He talked about how he got the role, what it was like to go to school in Cambridge, the way he prefers to work, how he did his big song twenty-three times and it was the last take that got used in the movie, deleted scenes, future projects, and more.  In addition, we talked about what it’s like being up for big roles in Marvel movies and his thoughts on the superhero genre.  Hit the jump to either listen to the audio or read the transcript.

LES MISÉRABLES Review

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Les Misérables is a musical of big emotions.  Characters are brought to their lowest, experience love at first sight, sacrifice their lives for revolution, spend decades in pursuit of justice, and believe their quests are ordained by God.  The songs and their context can come off as cheesy, but the non-stop music and story wrap the production in grandeur that sweep the audience into a captivating world.  Paired with terrific performances, the film adaptation of Les Misérables is almost unstoppable.  But director Tom Hooper throws up a barrier as he constantly blocks out the tremendous production values with far too many close-ups and editing that chases the music rather than guides it.  We still hear the people sing, but their voices should ring louder.

Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and Samantha Barks Talk LES MISERABLES, Singing, and Bonding on Set

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Opening on Christmas Day is director Tom Hooper’s fantastic adaptation of Les Miserables.  Loaded with great performances and top notch filmmaking, Les Mis is absolutely a contender for all the year end awards and it would shock me if Anne Hathaway doesn’t win the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her incredible work as Fantine.  Her one take rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” was incredible and it’s the type of performance that’s unforgettable.  For more on the film, here are five clips and all our previous coverage.

At the recent NYC press day for the film I got to participate in a press conference with Hathaway, Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), and Samantha Barks (Éponine).  They talked about making the film, how they prepared for their roles, their characters, singing live on set, and so much more.  Hit the jump to either listen to the press conference or read the transcript.

Eddie Redmayne in Talks to Join Lana and Andy Wachowski’s JUPITER ASCENDING

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Though he ultimately didn’t land the Harry Osborn role in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it appears that burgeoning newcomer Eddie Redmayne  will be just fine.  The actor was in the running for the pivotal role in the Spider-Man sequel that eventually went to Dane DeHaan, but now the Les Miserables star has landed an equally (if not more) exciting role: a part opposite Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in writers/directors Lana Wachowski and Andy Wachowski’s sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending.  Hit the jump for more.

18 New High-Resolution Images from LES MISERABLES

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And the barrage of marketing material for the Oscar hopefuls continues. Two highly anticipated December films—Les Miserables and Zero Dark Thirty—recently made their screening debuts, and on the heels of much awards buzz we’ve seen a number of materials from said pics hit the web over the past two weeks.  Earlier today we got a look at five extended clips from director Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation Les Miserables, and now Universal has released 18 high-resolution images from the film.  The production value on this thing continues to look fantastic, and I’m eager to experience the 2+ hours of song when the pic hits theaters.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film stars Hugh Jackman, Russell CroweAmanda SeyfriedEddie RedmayneSamantha BarksHelena Bonham CarterSacha Baron Cohen, and Anne HathawayLes Miserables opens on Christmas Day.

Marvel Tests for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Lead in Shortlist of Actors, Including Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Lee Pace, Jim Sturgess and Eddie Redmayne

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While rumors continue to swirl around Disney’s Star Wars, Marvel is busy looking for their Star-Lord. A shortlist of actors is reportedly being tested for the lead role in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn (Super). Included on that list are Joel Edgerton (Warrior), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Lee Pace (Lincoln) and Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn). The leader of the Guardians, Peter Quill, aka Star-Lord, was born of a human mother and alien father. He’s a master strategist and combat expert who wears an ability-enhancing suit and pilots a psychically-linked ship. Sounds like a fun role for any one of these guys to make their own, but there have been even more names thrown into the competition. Hit the jump to check them out.

LES MISERABLES First Screening Earns Bouts of Applause and a Standing Ovation

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Having just finished his cut of the film at 2 a.m., Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (A King’s Speech) presented the first screening of Les Miserables to a New York audience this afternoon. Not since 2002′s Chicago has a musical feature been a serious Oscar contender for Best Picture, but early reactions indicate that the trend could change this year. Each musical number was followed by raucous applause with the principal cast taking the stage to a standing ovation at the end of the film. It looks like Christmas has come early for the cast and crew of Les Miserables. 

The film stars Hugh JackmanAnne HathawayRussell CroweAmanda SeyfriedEddie RedmayneSamantha BarksHelena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.  Les Miserables opens on December 25th. Hit the jump to read some audience reactions.

New Batch of Actors Testing for Harry Osborn in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Including Sam Claflin and Eddie Redmayne

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Casting is currently underway on Sony’s fast-moving sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and it appears that producers are changing course in filling the integral role of Harry Osborn.  Marc Webb is returning to direct with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone back as the film’s leads, but the follow-up is poised to include a tantalizing group of newcomers that should ring familiar to fans of the comics.  Shailene Woodley is set to play eventual love interest Mary Jane in what may amount to a larger role in the third film, and negotiations are underway to nail down Jamie Foxx as the film’s villain Electro.

We recently heard that Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures) and Brady Corbet (Melancholia) were under consideration for the role of Harry Obsorn, but now it appears that Sony is looking for a different type of actor to take on the part.  Hit the jump for more.

8 Stunning LES MISERABLES Photographs by Annie Leibovitz

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Director Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables is sure to have audiences leaving the theater humming tunes from the musical, but the film also looks to be a visual feast as well.  The production design and costumes look fantastic in the few pieces of footage we’ve seen in the trailers, and now famed photographer Annie Leibovitz has worked her magic with the main cast.  The result is a batch of gorgeous and moving images of Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Isabelle Allen, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Helena Bonham Carter in character.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  Les Miserables opens in theaters Christmas Day.

New Full-Length Trailer for LES MISERABLES Showcases Musical Performances from the Entire Cast

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A new full-length trailer for director Tom Hooper’s musical adaptation Les Miserables has been released.  This trailer highlights quite a few of the film’s musical numbers, especially showcasing Hooper’s method of recording the actors’ vocal performances live on set rather than in a studio.  The bare performances go hand-in-hand with Hooper’s gorgeous yet grounded set design and atypical camera work, and it should be interesting to see how audiences respond to this approach.  I remain impressed by this new footage and can’t wait to see the full film on a giant screen.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Hugh JackmanAnne HathawayRussell CroweAmanda SeyfriedEddie RedmayneSamantha BarksHelena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron Cohen.  Les Miserables opens on December 25th.

2 New TV Spots for LES MISERABLES Starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway

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Two new TV spots for director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) highly anticipated musical adaptation Les Miserables have been released.  In addition to inducing even more chills with the film’s music, we get a peek at new footage including some impressive effects work done to enrich a few backgrounds.  Running at 2 hours and 32 minutes long without end credits, fans are sure to be plenty satisfied by Hooper’s lush yet grounded iteration of the wildly popular musical and I’m further encouraged by the visuals displayed in these here TV spots.

Hit the jump to check out both the 30 second and 90 second new TV spots.  The film stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Samantha Barks, Helena Bonham Carter, and Sacha Baron CohenLes Miserables opens on December 25th.

New TV Spot for LES MISERABLES

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A new TV Spot has gone online for Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Les Miserables.  Like the trailer, it’s set to Fantine (Anne Hathaway) singing “I Dreamed a Dream”, but this spot features new footage, and all of which looks good.  The only curious thing about the trailer, the behind-the-scenes featurette, set photos, official images, and now this TV spot is that none of them have showed Thénardiers (played by Sacha Baron Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter).  Would Hooper really cut out one of the musical’s most memorable numbers, “Master of the House”?

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, and Samantha BarksLes Miserables opens December 25th.

New Behind-the-Scenes Trailer for LES MISERABLES

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A new trailer for director Tom Hooper’s (The King’s Speech) musical adaptation Les Miserables has been released.  At over four-and-a-half minutes long, this behind-the-scenes featurette shows off new footage, video from the set and commentary from the cast and crew regarding the heightened emotional effect of singing live on camera.  Rather than the actors trying to match a predetermined meter for their songs, each of them sets their own pace with each and every take.  It’s damned effective (I get chills every time I hear Anne Hathaway’s part) and this new trailer will make you want to see the whole film even more.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Samantha Barks (Éponine), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thénardier), and Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thénardier).  Les Miserables opens on December 25th.

First Trailer for LES MISERABLES Starring Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe

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Universal has released the first trailer for director Tom Hooper‘s Les Misérables and it looks fantastic.  Loaded with an all-star cast, the trailer for Les Mis features gorgeous cinematography by Danny Cohen (The King’s Speech) cut to Anne Hathaway as Fantine singing “I Dreamed a Dream.”  When I was at this year’s CinemaCon, we were shown a rough version of this trailer and told all the actors sang live on set.  While I wasn’t sure what to expect from Hooper’s film, I love the way everything looks and I think it’s a very safe bet that Les Mis is going to be a contender for all the awards at the end of the year.  Hit the jump to check it out for yourself and let me know what you think in the comments.

Les Misérables also stars Hugh Jackman (Jean Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Amanda Seyfried (Cosette), Eddie Redmayne (Marius), Samantha Barks (Éponine), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thénardier), and Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thénardier).

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