Donna Freydkin, USA TODAY
NEW YORK - They dreamed a dream, indeed. And a big one it was.
On Monday, the cast of Les Miserables, the lush musical opening on Christmas Day, descended on a rainy, grim Manhattan to promote their much-anticipated film.
The turnout: high-wattage. The movie stars Hugh Jackman as ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, Russell Crowe as the cop who hunts him, Anne Hathaway as ill factory worker Fantine and Amanda Seyfried as her young daughter Cosette. Director Tom Hooper, fresh from his King's Speech triumph, was in attendance, as well as Paul Dano, Zach Braff and Zoe Kazan.
The cast has already been jetting around the world promoting Les Mis. For locals Jackman and Hathaway, it was nice to be home. And for Seyfried, it was a little overwhelming being at the packed, loud premiere.
"It's a great, great experience for a moviegoer," said Seyfried, in Alexander McQueen. "It's exciting. It's my favorite Broadway show and I was obsessed with it."
Hathaway recently tied the knot with actor Adam Shulman, and famously cut her hair to play Fantine. She was radiant in black Tom Ford.
"It feels surreal and wonderful. I've felt for the last few weeks that this can't be real," said Hathaway of her epic year. "Right now, this is real, and I'm in heaven."
She's ringing in 2013 in a personal way.
"I'm going to be with friends in the mountains so I'll probably make a snow angel and thank God for my good fortune," she said.
As for Crowe, the crazed crowds didn't get to him.
"Just another day at the office, love," said an unfazed Crowe.
But in all seriousness, he loved his experience making the film. "From now on, for the rest of my career, every time I start a film, a small part of me will wish it was Les Mis."
Seyfried, meanwhile, was looking forward to some R&R.
"It's Christmas. You don't have to do anything. I have a nice little country house waiting for me in upstate New York for my dog and me," she said.