Watch The Moment Where Anne Hathaway Creepily Defends Her Hummus-And-Radishes Les Mis Diet

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!

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    • NotThumper

      You’re not overreacting. There is so much wrong with that video. First, Les Mis is NOT Broadway’s longest running musical, Phantom of the Opera is (and they already butchered that in movie form). I think Les Mis comes in 3rd after Cats for longest running.

      She does get all weird about the diet, it’s a little unsettling. Truthfully she always looks too thin to me and I don’t see much of a difference. Maybe the 16lbs was her hair? ;)

      She might sing that song live every time but she more or less speak/sings it. Such a disappointment.

      • Brittaya Bagley

        Just from her hair? At least have respect for the fact that she can survive on only humus and radish. I dare you to be able to do the same. Losing the weight is not because she isn’t skinny enough, it is to fit into the role of a starved woman who cares about nothing more than her daughter’s life and well being. So much to the point that she risks her own health and ultimately dies. And as far as singing ‘I dreamed a dream’ and saying it’s more or less speaking, not only was I greatly impressed by her voice but more so the emotion she created for the music. Which is by far the more important of the two. In an interview with Anne she states “there seemed something selfish about going for the pretty version [of the song]. She’s devastated, she’s literally looking up from a hole and knows she is never going to climb out of this. So I just decided to imply the truth to the melody…” One may sing pretty, but only the emotion can move you to the point of tears which happens to me each time in the trailer when she bellows out “I had a dream my life would be, so different from this hell I’m living!” You can feel the pain of Fantine and her incredible strength and that is due to the amazing acting of this very respectable actress.

    • Tina

      Um, he’s interviewing Anne Hathaway, so of course he’s going to talk about her diet and haircut. If he was talking to another actor in the film, he would stray from that topic. It’s part of her transformation that she goes through in the film.

    • applause

      The first teaser focused on Anne/Fantine’s singing, with glimpses of the storyline and the characters. So, that might have drawn the initial attention of media interviewers.

      But in this case, the media person could have done better – and not asked the same kind of questions featured on other recent Hathaway interviews ( for TDKR) . It seems that he did not do his homework on the stage musical as well as the expectations for the film musical ( as Tom Hooper currently says, the film adaptation is basically a dramatic tale, expressed through music, and not exactly a clone of the stage production). He is probably not familiar enough with Les Miserables and could not delve into the characters of Fantine and Valjean more closely when talking to Anne and Hugh.

      It looks like they are still withholding publicity releases for the movie ( it is not released until December) because there are reports of other set visits. It would be timely though if a second trailer is released soon, this time featuring the confrontations and the singing from the major characters, Valjean and Javert!

    • Kelly

      Yea, that’s a total overreaction. People will stop at nothing to find reasons to hate someone.