I read Les Miserables when I was in 8th grade, but I never saw the play, nor did I consider myself a superfan of the book. Nonetheless, I was still excited to hear they were making a movie adaptation, and curious as to who would play some of the story’s most pivotal characters. And, while I don’t hate Anne Hathaway like so many people oddly seem to, I was a bit unsure about the choice to cast her as Fantine. Even in the first trailer, it was hard to tell if her version of “I Dreamed a Dream” was good or not. But on Friday I finally got to see Le Mis in theaters…and I loved it! Especially Hathaway’s performance. Not only can she act, but apparently she’s a great singer, too, and her rendition of Fantine’s classic song was heartbreaking. But some people weren’t wowed by her performance…including Hathaway herself!
According to the source, Hathaway was less-than-proud of her rendition:
In a recent interview with with the Los Angeles Times, the Les Misérables star rated her final “I Dreamed a Dream” performance as “eh.”
The 30-year-old actress said the film’s director, Tom Hooper, let her perform over a dozen takes of the famed Les Mis song, even after he thought she did it perfectly on Take 4. After 20 takes, Hooper told the Golden Globe nominee she needed to move on.
“And I was like, ‘Fair enough,’” she recalled. “I never bettered it.”
Sounds like someone really wants that Oscar she’s rumored to be up for! And, frankly, I think she just might get it. Hathaway’s performance was stunning, and her voice was consistently lovely. Now if only she could get just a little self confidence and own up to it! No one is perfect, Anne, and from the overall positive critical reactions, you should be proud of the job you did! [via E!]
Did you see Les Miserables? What did you think of Anne’s performance?