Race to the Oscars

"Les Miserables" director Tom Hooper talks risks and remarkable performances.
5:07 | 01/23/13

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How do not get emotional dramatic clip from limits and job. Of course the winner of three Golden Globes -- for eight Oscar nominations and we are fortunate to have the director Tom -- here with us today talk -- congratulations. Thanks very very big success for you. I wanted to ask you a little bit about the fact that where's there's somewhat of -- risk when you were starting this project that you might be fearful taking one of the most beloved musicals of all time and now turning it into film. That it might not be as well received as it has been. -- mean yeah when I was making the King's Speech I was making a film and -- produced -- known Genesee and about. Something in history that no one knew the story also that -- that was found not the same pressure whereas -- this a sixty million. You know fans around the world and and that people -- so close that off so -- case huge you know -- -- made the -- in a way that would. Connect with the fans. But you know that the that the true risk and -- -- doing -- musical is increasing an alternate universe -- people communicate through song. And in this -- is awfully convincing always looks to -- it's a very high stakes game is an eskimo buying into this world with us into each Ella. And I believe it's normal -- you can't -- them construct you don't with the story -- -- originally -- in a movie sentences and a lot of money into into the finding that way. To allow people access to suspend their disbelief and go on this this this magical journey what went way when -- we using scenes -- -- form of communication. I say this I know there's not to be any rooting from the press box but Anne -- absolutely nails I dreamed a dream obviously the iconic song in this. How many takes. Were required to get that because I would imagine it takes a certain level of emotion takes a certain level of performance it has to be a dramatic it has to be. Visually and audibly perfect -- -- -- -- she -- -- to -- -- -- Income but nine months in the back of -- she noticed this day would come when she performed. -- must like cloning songs in the world. And she -- on the full time -- when -- said. You're good with -- and -- -- on. The constant fuel -- to make -- assistance of you know. Formal that was the tightening and we both knew that was the take the instant thing was his -- she told me off -- -- that she. Do we want to -- on the first -- enough and I'm half which she won the first TN BC said built up when she -- -- knew she wanted to usually get everything. An -- through the first thing she stopped. Because. The count I wasn't being played in the way she she was wanting into surgical -- -- -- -- -- eyewitness -- again. And since she confided them in office -- she was so angry with herself for not perfect for not getting in the first take. That she into the -- -- some of that. The edge of that anger into the performance. And which which you can see and you know what's so fascinating I think about them the truly great actors these dictate they take the performance anxiety the stress about you know about performing. I'm weather's going right or wrong when she channel also into the acting and in -- what the characters doing so that the -- the very thing that should blocks them from being great. They use and and to make -- even even better muscle that within this unit and went to very young. -- -- extraordinary kind of dark place that they have -- -- have -- -- that they kind of put him on -- and you pay because she she she really. -- -- very dull place to do this extraordinary performance -- what -- -- mile when I see it again and again this is not a Trace of self indulgence she's she's she's she's playing a woman whose. And centering -- -- suffering far beyond what. And could do. Begin to comprehend from her life. I -- went somewhat. So imagine simply -- to capture that awards she tapped into something inherent in -- it herself to get -- -- it's it's amazing moment. -- amazing though is the understatement and for you to be able to bring out of that kind of ability inning and Hugh Jackman in such a fantastic cast. But obviously incredibly well received three Golden Globes and eight nominations including best directors. Guild that best picture I mean it's it's amazing the fact the matter is is that it's just been so just. Widely received it's it's it's -- great -- to -- to your ability. None in most fascinating is when his priorities in film around the world is to see. You know this this how how is being embraced by semi different cultures you know whether it's career or Japan or -- -- -- -- UK. -- oh here in America and and then there's something very kind of university powerful about the story and I think I think it's because it kind of holds a narrow so this any suffering -- have -- -- -- -- of people closest to us. And it somehow processes some -- -- makes us feel a little bit -- gives us confidence in some optimism. And -- must as the great. To great lesson of of the film. He's he's about love of the way to navigate unit that the hardships of -- -- use. He's easy do would love them and and and and -- that's the great secret to life well we will certainly be review on the 24 of February all the best of luck to you town thank you Dan thank you.

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