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'Les Miserables' Star Anne Hathaway On Her Performance: 'Eh'

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"Les Miserables" stars Anne Hathaway.

Anne Hathaway has received some of the best reviews of her career for "Les Miserables," just not necessarily from herself.

In Tom Hooper's new film, Hathaway stars as Fantine, a doomed single mother-turned-prostitute who sings one of the musical's standout songs: "I Dreamed a Dream." Hooper had the cast perform live on the "Les Miserables" set, which meant each actor had to sing multiple times per scene before getting the songs right. According to a new profile of Hathaway in The Los Angeles Times, Hooper told the actress that she nailed her scene on the fourth take. Not that she was pleased: Hathaway sang "I Dreamed a Dream" 20 more times before stopping.

"I was like, 'Fair enough.' I never bettered [the fourth take]," she said. When The Times' Amy Kaufman asked Hathaway if she was pleased with the performance, she replied, "Eh."

Hathaway's modesty notwithstanding, the 30-year-old star was incredibly moved with the final version of "Les Miserables" and her show-stopping scene.

"I cry, but I think it's because I'm still connected to the experience of making it, the process," Hathaway told MTV about watching "I Dreamed a Dream." "For me, when I see it, I actually have to be aware when I'm doing press, because it brings me a lot closer to Fantine. She's so broken that I actually have to protect myself a little bit. So when I saw it, I did cry, but not because of what I was doing [on screen]. It was because I was back in the process of making it. The rest of the film made me bawl like a baby."

For more on Hathaway's career and performance in "Les Miserables," check out the excellent Times profile.

[via LAT]

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