Hooper: This is not a camp musical
Tom Hooper has insisted his film adaptation of Les Miserables will not be camp.
The epic story, starring Aussie action heroes Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman, is set against the back drop of the French Revolution.
The King's Speech director told Empire magazine: "There is nothing camp about this musical. It is very grounded, very masculine and very strong about the big universal themes.
"It's not first and foremost a musical. It's first and foremost a terrific story that uses the musical form to express itself."
The Oscar-winning director revealed he made two key decisions - to keep the film a sung-through musical and to have his cast sing live as he filmed. Tom is recording the vocals on set, with a pianist shaping the music to the performance via an ear-piece.
Hugh, who has performed in his own one-man Broadway show, revealed he finds the process "freeing".
"So much of your brain is on the miming, then you've got to act," he said.
"The very first scene that I'm in, we were close to the Alps. It was below zero, it was very windy and you can see steam, you can hear the cold in my voice. It feels immediate and real."
Co-star Eddie Redmayne joked: "If it needs tweaking in post-production, I'm relying on the fact that they'll get Michael Ball in to sing a couple of lines."
This month's Empire magazine is on sale now. Les Miserables is out in cinemas on January 11, 2013.