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‘Les Misérables’ Director and Cast Talk Snot, Tattoos & Singing Live
Hathaway also notes that Javert himself, Russell Crowe, was key to bringing the group together and turning the cast into a family. “Honestly, the person who I think was the beginning of the glue that we wound up developing isn’t even here unfortunately and that was Russell [Crowe].” She remembers Crowe regularly inviting the gang over for drinks and singing.
“That was such a key part of the process because, up till that point, we were in rehearsals with each other, we’re very serious, we’re spending all day crying, but then, in between, I don’t think we’d gotten to the point where we thought of song as a way of communicating with each other.” She adds, “It made me so much more invested in the totality of the film. Being in a small part of the film that I am, I could have easily just gone home and forgotten about it, but I cared so much when I left. I needed to know, how did ‘On My Own’ go? ‘In My Life,’ how did that turn out? I think it really cemented the bond between us and now we kind of say we’re Camp Les Mis.