Though Les Miserables is positioned to score a ton of Oscar nods, thus requiring as little press as possible, Hugh Jackman flew to Seoul, South Korea today for the film’s premiere today (November 26th).
Describing musicals as the “Mount Everest” of movie-making, Jackman saw taking on the role of Jean Valjean as a challenge. Jackman told the Associated Press that playing such a legendary character “demanded more than anything” he’s ever done as an actor.
Did you know that Jackman’s co-star, Russell Crowe was originally picked to play Wolverine in X-Men. ”Russell has given me advice several times at key moments in my life that helped with my career,” Jackman told Entertainment Weekly. ”I also owe him because two of the biggest roles I’ve ever had in my life, he turned down – and suggested me for them.
“On ‘X-Men,’ he was Bryan Singer’s first choice for Wolverine,” Hugh continued. “And he mentioned me also for [Baz Luhrmann's] ‘Australia.’”
Crowe plays Javert in the musical, also starring Anne Hathaway, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter and Amanda Seyfried. ”We really pushed each other,” Jackman said of Crowe. ”That rivalry at the beginning, it really is a constant throughout. It had to be strong, and it’s really one of the spines of the story, that runs from beginning to end.”
Crowe tweeted about his co-star last Friday night:
I saw Les Miserables tonight. I am so grateful to be in that ensemble led by a remarkable performance by Hugh Jackman.Valjean is AWESOME
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 24, 2012