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Hathaway: I let rip for big song

Published 14/12/2012 | 17:44

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Anne Hathaway sings I Dreamed A Dream in Les Miserables

Anne Hathaway has confessed she was crippled by nerves performing her big number I Dreamed A Dream on the set of Les Miserables.

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The actress plays tragic heroine Fantine in the musical and revealed director Tom Hopper tried to play down the famous song to put her at ease.

Anne explained: "It came right after I cut off my hair so it was a little bit of an intense one-two punch. It wasn't my favourite scene to shoot just because there was so much pressure of expectation.

"I had gone to Tom and said I was starting to feel nervous about a week before. He said, 'Listen. It's not an iconic song. You mustn't think about it like that. It's this woman's howl. It's her processing what's just happened to her.'

"But I couldn't stop thinking about how if I messed it up how exposed I would feel.

"So I did the first take and I was so angry with myself because it wasn't good enough. I dug in a little deeper and we did the second take and it wasn't there and I just thought, 'Oh, God.' I started the third take and I just said, 'No, no. Stop. I'm sorry. The balance, it's off.'

"And that's when I took the earpieces and stuck them in my ears. I closed my eyes and I remember thinking, 'Hathaway, if you do not do this in this moment, you have no right to call yourself an actor. Put aside all that bulls*** and just do your job.' I opened my eyes and I'm like, 'Let's go.' And I did it. That was the one that I let rip and that was the one that was in the piece."

Les Miserables opens in the UK on January 11.

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