Ready for Les Miserables‘ theatrical release? We’re just one week away (Christmas Day!), and in anticipation one of our favorite songs from the musical is now online.
“One Day More” features characters Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), Javert (Russell Crowe), Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), Marius (Eddie Redmayne), Thenardier (Sacha Baron Cohen), Madame Thenardier (Helena Bonham Carter), and Eoponine (Samantha Barks) singing towards the end of the film in different locations but as one. The song takes place at an important juncture of the film, right before the epic climax.
“Do you hear the people sing?”
As good fans know, each actor and actress in the film sung every take 100% live while filming. There was no pre-recorded music, and the cast would often change up how they delivered each song with every take. Eddie Redmayne, who plays Marius, provided more context. “Normally if you were making an old school movie musical as a group of actors we’d go into a studio, record an album, and then two months later we’d arrive on set and we’d play the playback and we would mime along side. The problem with that is that you need to make your acting choices three months before you’ve even met the actor you’re working with.” For more, watch this behind the scenes look.
Les Miserables open December 25. We’ve seen the film and you can read our Les Miserables review here.
Thanks to Mairead for the tip.