"When I eventually looked in the mirror, I just thought I looked like my gay brother," Hathaway told a New York audience at a Friday evening screening as reported by THR. Hathaway, who plays the tragic Fantine in the film, directed by Oscar-winning The King's Speech director Tom Hooper, said her mother had also once played the part in a Philadelphia production when she was seven years-old.
Hathaway said in the December issue of Vogue that she lost 25 pounds to play the part, dropping the final 15 pounds by eating just two thin squares of dried oatmeal paste per day just ahead of the shoot.
"I had to be obsessive about it. The idea was to look near death," she told Vogue. "Looking back on the whole experience -- and I don't judge it in any way -- it was definitely a little nuts. It was definitely a break with reality, but I think that’s who Fantine is anyway."
In related Les Misérables news, Hugh Jackman, who plays Jean Valjean in the musical told The Daily Mail that the film will transform the musical on-screen experience for audiences.
"We sing as we act, rather than lay down songs weeks in advance," Jackman said. "It makes it much more realistic particularly with a gritty story like this."
Also starring Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, the film is an adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th century France.
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