An excellent article on the upcoming cinematic debut of the well loved "Les Miserables".
Good actors find a way to connect with the characters they are playing. Anne Hathaway was not different:
One woman she saw in a video clip had a particular effect on Hathaway
and was, in fact, the person who influenced her characterization the
most. She recalled, “She kept repeating, ‘I come from a good family. I
come from a good family. We lost everything and I have children. So
now I do this.’ She didn’t want to do this, but it was the only way her
children were going to eat. Then she let out this sob like I’ve never
heard before. And she raised her hand to her forehead, and it was the
most despairing gesture I’ve ever seen. That was the moment I realized I
wasn’t [just] playing a character; this woman deserves to have her
voice heard. I needed to connect with that honesty and re-create that
feeling. She’s nameless, I’ll never know who she is. She really was
the one who made me understand why Fantine felt shame, what it’s like
not just to go to a dark place, but to have fallen from a place where
you didn’t think anything bad was ever going to happen to you – and the
betrayal and rage you feel at life because you’ve gone through that.”
We compartmentalize so much of what we see and hear in order to keep it from touching us...if it happened long ago, it surely cannot still be happening. But it can, and it does. No matter how bright and beautiful our lives may seem, let us not forget those who suffer...many times through no fault of their own. The article is worth a read...
A reader asked for a link to the article....so sorry for not adding it in the first place! You can see it here....