I kind of hate how the biggest press about Les Miserables so far has been about Anne Hathaway cutting her hair and Anne Hathaway starving herself so she’d drop 16 pounds. Both to play the doomed prostitute Fantine, of course, but there’s so much more you could be saying about this beloved musical. And yet, this three-minute featurette devotes most of its time to quotes we thought we’d heard before. Like, how many times do we have to listen to Anne talk about how devastating it was to cut her hair?
When the featurette started delving into her diet, about which we’ve already written in detail, I groaned and almost closed the window. But there’s a part around 1:04 that just struck me as really odd. Entertainment Tonight‘s Mark Steines brings up her detox diet of hummus and radishes, and her face gets kind of creepy and vacant when she discusses it:
“I’m in the middle of it, to be honest. I have a bit more time with it. It’s what is required, it doesn’t matter if it’s hard.”
…Am I the only one who got slight chills from that? Anne comes across as just so slavishly dedicated to her weight loss and not willing or able to argue against what was a shocking expectation. I’m used to Renee Zellweger good-naturedly laughing off her roller-coaster dieting for the Bridget Jones movies, or Meryl Streep and Emily Blunt very clearly stating how much they hated slimming down. That seems more normal than just sitting there and matter-of-factly saying, “It’s what is required.”
If that’s not bad enough, the only thing that Hugh Jackman talks about in the segment… is dieting, too! We knew that he and Anne became buddies after doing that Oscars song-and-dance number a few years ago, but it sounds like they’re dieting pals, too. He goes on and on about low-intensity cardio and getting “shredded,” though I imagine he’s talking more about playing Wolverine than Valjean. At least then we see Anne brighten up a little when she jokes about forcing Hugh to drink a beer. But then she finishes with, “Who needs a therapist? Just do Les Mis.” I do kinda worry about her in such a grueling role.
To be fair, ET seems to be releasing multiple behind-the-scenes videos. So maybe we’ll actually get to hear more about, you know, singing on-set, or see Samantha Barks as Eponine. As long as we don’t have to hear about how she worked off the weight!