This post is third in a row about Les Mis, the film version of the succesfull musical based on Victor Hugo's novel.
With this little filmography I finish this topic for now.
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after he breaks parole, agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's daughter, Cosette. The fateful decision changes their lives forever. - IMDB page of the film
Eddie Redmayne plays Marius Pontmercy, a student revolutionary who is friends with the Thenardiers' daughter, Éponine, but falls in love with Cosette. He found director Hooper's vision "incredibly helpful".
On collaborating with Hooper, Redmayne said, "He was incredibly collaborative. Certainly during the rehearsal process, we sat with Tom and the Victor Hugo book adding things." It was Redmayne who suggested to Hooper that his character's song, "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables", should begin a cappella (without musical accompaniment) in order to better express Marius' loneliness and longing. (Wikipedia)
Eddie about singing:
“Hmm. Well. I sang when I was a kid. And I really enjoy it. And I had, like, a choral scholarship at Cambridge….But I haven’t sung for, like, 12 years. And I sort of lived a minor life of decadence for a few years, as in I hadn’t particularly given a s*** about the state of my vocal cords. On set I sang with the [chorus of] students. I only realised on day seven that virtually all of them had played Marius too. I thought, ‘Screw it.’ Went and asked them how they’d done it. Tried to steal the best parts.”
The early days of shooting could have been intimidating, he says, had it not been for the vocal warm-ups. “You’ve got the bizarre thing of being on that set, watching all these extraordinary actors, who you’ve seen in endless films, debased to holding their tongues and going: ‘Eeyaw, eeyaw, eeyaw.’ And there’s Hugh, who is so big and strong and wolverine, doing: ‘Zeezaazeezaazeezaa.’ There was generally a lot of humiliation involved.”
It's possible, that there's a short advertisement before the video
YouTube video: Les Misérables - "On My Own" Trailer
Singing in the rain wasn't Eddie Redmayne's favorite
Exclusive interview with Eddie for the Hungarian TV channel TV2 (Dec.13, 2012)
In this short interview he talks about an ordinary day during the shooting, and what he thinks about love at first sight.
Cinema Blend interview by Katey Rich December18, 2012:
Stills are from the eddieredmayne.ru site's gallery.