For the life of me I can’t imagine any young actor going out for a part in Les Miserables wanting to play Marius over Enjorlas, so I’d say local boy and rising star Aaron Tveit lucked out in two ways, getting cast at all and getting to lead the revolutionaries to the barricades. On the other hand, he doesn’t get to kiss Amanda Seyfreid, but life is a series of trade-offs, a theme of the movie, as it happens:
"They weren't casting yet but I got the script anyway," said Tveit. "I was like, 'You know what, I'm gonna put myself on tape.' So I basically told my agents to send it somewhere."
He taped himself playing lead role Marius Pontmercy; the tape reached the casting director, who invited him to an hourlong session with Hooper. Then another session. Then stars started attaching themselves — Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Amanda Seyfried. It got a little tense but it worked out…”
Saw it New Year’s Eve. Working up my review. Meantime, read Tim Malcolm’s interview with Tveit at the Times Herald-Record.
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