Anne Hathaway as Fantine in 'Les Miserables.'(Photo: Laurie Sparham)
NEW YORK -- Back when the first trailer came out for Les Miserables last
summer, it became clear that Anne Hathaway had sacrificed her lush
brown locks to perform Fantine in the movie-musical version of the
global stage sensation that opens Christmas Day.
But her severe
haircut for the tragic role of a factory worker turned prostitute who
sells her crowning glory to provide for young daughter Cosette was done
not in a beauty parlor but on camera.
And it was Hathaway's idea. "Tom did not ask me to do it," she says, referring to Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech.
it looks as if Nicola Sloane -- who plays the "hair crone," as she is
listed in the credits -- does the job, she only snipped half of
"She is a wonderful actress but she is not a
hairdresser," the star explains. "There was a costume change while Paul
Gooch, my hair and makeup artist, put on her costume and did the rest. I
was expecting it to be more painful and savage, but Paul is such a
loving person, he was very gentle with me when he did it. Even though it
looks brutal onscreen, there is a gentleness to it which I actually
thought was a stronger choice in the story. "
Maybe too gentle. Hooper had to make sure that Hathaway did not look as if she just stepped out of a Vidal Sassoon salon
"It is very funny," the director recalls. "We were filming and her hair
stylist was cutting away. And I thought, 'Oh, my God, he's giving her a
really nice haircut. It's like a cute little pixie haircut.' I pulled
Paul aside and said, 'It has to look like you hacked it off casually
with a knife.' He went, 'OK.' Luckily, at the last minute, he was able
to make it nasty."
Gooch was so successful with his butchery that
Hathaway has admitted to being inconsolable after the deed was done.
But, as she has stated previously, "It was all worth it because, at the
very end of the shot, I turned around and I saw Paul, beautiful Paul, in
the dress with his arms outstretched. It was totally worth it just for