By Abbey Stone, Hollywood.com Staff
Tom Hooper's sweeping new film adaptation of Victor Hugo's classic novel, Les Misérables, is chock full of some of the most famous faces in Hollywood. Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Sacha Baron Cohen to name just a few reached deep inside themselves (some, admittedly, deeper than others) to find their inner musical virtuoso. But Jackman's and Hathaway's voices were buoyed by a large supporting cast, all of who worked together to create the tear-jerking glory that is Les Mis's beloved score.
In the rousing group numbers, including ""At the End of the Day,"" ""Lovely Ladies,"" and ""Red and Black,"" supporting characters and extras are given solos, and their voices ring out as strong as the A-Listers they sing beside. In some cases (sorry, Russell), the extras' voices are stronger, purer, better, than the actors who receive first billing. For Broadway geeks, this is no surprise. For buried in the background are some of the biggest names in theater. Those whores by the shipyards, factory workers, and peasants are played by Laurence Olivier Award-winning (the UK equivalent of the Tonys) actors and members of the original cast of Les Miserables.
Twenty-two-year-old Samantha Barks (pictured above) played Éponine in the most recent West End production of Les Mis before she was cast in the same role in Hooper's adaptation. And while Barks may now be a household name thanks to the film, she's not the only one who made the trip from London's West End to Hollywood.
Up Next: Why does Enjolras look so familiar? [PAGEBREAK]Aaron Tveit as Enjolras
Aaron Tveit brings the house down with his stirring rendition of ""Red and Black"" as the student revolutionary leader Enjolras in Hooper's film, as he well should, considering his lengthy theater résumé. Tveit originated the roles of Gabe in Next to Normal and Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can on Broadway. On Broadway he also played the lead role of Fiyero in Wicked and appeared in the Hollywood Bowl production of Rent, directed by Neil Patrick Harris. But television lovers (and teen girls) will recognize Tveit as Trip van der Bilt, Nate's cousin and Serena's ex, on Gossip Girl.
Up Next: Which Les Mis legend landed a bit spot in the movie? [PAGEBREAK]Colm Wilkinson as the Bishop
Diehard fans of Les Mis will be pleased to Wilkinson belt a few bars in Hooper's film. Wilkinson originated the role of Jean Valjean (Jackman in the film).
Up Next: He may be young, but Gavroche is no newcomer. [PAGEBREAK]Daniel Huttlestone as Gavroche
At just 12 years of age, Daniel Huttlestone is already a seasoned West End pro. He first appeared in Oliver! when he was just nine years old, in the small role of Nipper. He then went on to play Gavroche in Les Mis at the Queen's Theater, and is now back in the UK Tour of Oliver! as Dodger.
Up Next: This actor could've given Sacha Baron Cohen a run for his money. [PAGEBREAK]Stephen Tate as Fauchelevent
In the Les Misérables film, Tate plays Fauchelevent, the man whom Valjean rescues from under a fallen cart, but in London he played M. Thenardier (played by Sacha Baron Cohen in Hooper's film). He has also previously played Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar and created the lead role of Richard I in Blondel.
Up Next: Which ""Factory Women"" are West End veterans?[PAGEBREAK]Kate Fleetwood and Hannah Waddingham as Factory Woman 1 and 2
Kate Fleetwood (center) has an extensive theater career, and was nominated for a Tony Award for her portrayal of Lady Macbeth in 2008 . Harry Potter fans will also recognize her as Mary Cattermole in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. Hannah Waddingham (left) was nominated for an Olivier Award for playing the Lady of the Lake (a role she originated) in Spamalot.
Up Next: This Dentist was in a Best Picture Oscar-winning movie. [PAGEBREAK]Adrian Scarborough as Toothman
The despicable wannabe dentist who pulls poor Fantine's teeth out is yet another Olivier Award winner. He snagged the Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a revival of the play After the Dance in 2011. He also had roles in The King's Speech (pictured above), Gosford Park, The History Boys, and BBC's Upstairs, Downstairs.
Up Next: Who played Marius to Barks' Éponine in London? [PAGEBREAK]Alistair Brammer as Prouvaire
That's right, Brammer (bottom right, in blue coat) may be one of the lesser known student rebels in Hooper's film, but in the West End he was played our main man Marius (played by Eddie Redmayne in the 2012 film).
Up Next: The man who harasses Fantine spends his days in drag. Really. [PAGEBREAK]Bertie Carvel as Bamatabois
Olivier Award-winning (I swear, this was like a prerequisite to be an extra) Bertie Carvel appears in all of five minutes of the film, as Bamatabois, man who antagonizes Fantine and receives a nasty scratch on his cheek in return. In the West End, Carvel portrayed the abominable Miss Trunchbull in Olivier darling Matilda: The Musical. He'll reprise this role when the show comes to Broadway in spring of 2013.
Up Next: This whore was in the original cast of Les Mis. [PAGEBREAK]Frances Ruffelle as Whore 1
Frances Ruffelle (above, center) is a nameless whore in Hooper's movie. On stage, she originated the role of Éponine. Crazy, right?
Up Next: Which slave is currently in the West End production of Sister Act? [PAGEBREAK]Cavin Cornwall as Convict 1
The convict who spends his days pulling boats to port chained to Hugh Jackman's 24601 is Cavin Cornwall (right). It's not a fluke that his voice can sound great even when he's gulping down gallons of salt water Cornwall has put his vocal talents to good use night after night for years in the West End. He appeared in productions of Chicago, Porgy and Bess, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fosse and is currently playing Curtis Jackson in Sister Act.
Up Next: If something had happened to Tveit, this student could have stepped into his role. [PAGEBREAK]Fra Fee as Courfeyac
It seems like all of the revolutionaries could have picked their roles from a hat, as they've played them all. In the West End, Fra Fee (left) played Marius, Enjolras, and Prouvaire.
Up Next: And yet another Olivier nominee. That was one talented factory! [PAGEBREAK]Michael Jibson as Foreman
Jibson, who spends his screen time in Les Mis hitting on and then firing Hathaway's Fantine, was nominated for the Best Actor in a Musical Olivier when he was 22 for his performance as Joe Casey in the Our House. That was just the start of a fruitful stage career for Jibson.
Up Next: Who once costarred in a movie with Drew Barrymore? [PAGEBREAK]Patrick Godfrey as Gillenormand
Patrick Godfrey, who plays Marius' somewhat extraneous grandfather in the film, has appeared in films since his screen debut in Miss Julie in 1972. Our favorite credit? He's Leonardo da Vinci in Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore!
Up Next: This revolutionary once played Jean Valjean. [PAGEBREAK]Killian Donnelly as Combeferre
Yet another interchangeable student! Killian Donnelly (left), worked his way up from a swing to Enjolras in the West End's recent production of Les Misérables. During his time in the cast, he also became second cover for Javert and third cover for Jean Valjean. One night in 2010, due to an emergency, he got to step in and play Valjean. Donnelly's credits also include Prince Charming in the West End production of Cinderella, Aladdin in Aladdin, Tony in West Side Story and Raoul in The Phantom of the Opera. In November of 2012, Donnelly took over the role of Tony (Billy's brother) in Billy Elliot: The Musical at the Victoria Palace Theater in London.
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