Well, he didn't do it EXACTLY like she did, but he did indeed starve himself of food and water like his beautiful cast-mate! He even had to apologize to the crew for being so grumpy because he was so hungry!!
‘I realised the sacrifices had been worth it, that the headaches, dizziness — and the grumpiness — had been a relatively small price to pay. The scene is near the start of the film, when Valjean is about to be released from prison on parole after serving 19 years of hard labour, during which time he has often been close to starvation.
‘So of course I had to look gaunt. The director Tom Hooper [who won an Oscar for The King’s Speech] said I had to look so strikingly thin, in fact, so different from the way I normally look, that my friends would think I was ill. And I guess I achieved that although there were times when I thought I had maybe pushed my body too far.
‘I’d already shed 20 pounds, through exercise and a very lean diet, before I embarked on that 36-hour period in which I drank nothing and ate very little and I knew I was pushing myself and my body to the limit. But the non-consumption of liquids is a very clever bodybuilders’ trick for giving one sunken cheeks and sunken eyes and, boy, did it work. Maybe just a little too well…’
It sure did!
Even though it was dangerous, both Hugh and Anne achieved the looks they were going for. We probably wouldn't recommend anyone trying this at home, of course, but for a job under the right supervision… nah, that's cray too!
We can't believe they did this!!
[Image via AP Images.]