Aaron Talks About Life on – and Beyond – the Barricade

December 19, 2012 • Category: General News, Les Misérables 0

Aaron Tveit finally has a new interview just in time for Les Misérables‘ U.S. release date on Christmas day. In it, he talks a bit about the movie-musical adaptation (including his experience of singing live on set and how that compares to a stint Broadway), his new USA Network show (and that we can expect a “complicated” character in Mike Warren), and his plans regarding future stage musicals (which he plans on “never ever” walking away from). There’s some great new info! Check out an excerpt below before heading to the source for more; it’s also been added to the press archive.

When you auditioned for the film, did you initially audition for Enjolras?
Aaron Tveit:
I sent in a tape for Marius. I put “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” and “In My Life” on tape. I’ve never done Les Miz in New York. I was too young by the time it closed on Broadway, and I was doing something else when the revival happened. When I went in for Tom, they wanted me to prepare all the Enjolras material and read for Enjolras. It was actually, I have to say, my naïveté. It’s funny, once I got more and more familiar with the material and when I read the novel, I was like, “Wow, this is a really, really great role,” and I felt very much better suited for it.

How did your theater experience and training help you on this film?
Tveit:
A lot of stuff that I’ve done in television and film, you do much smaller takes. But the way that Tom shot this, we literally were shooting five- and six-minute sections, like whole songs. Because of that, you kind of had to always be in the moment and always be in character. You kind of had to be fully living in this world for the whole length of the takes. Coming from a background of being onstage, you’re onstage for two and a half hours and you’re in it for the whole time no matter what you’re doing. Even if you don’t have a line, you have to stay in it. I think I definitely used a lot of that background that I personally had to help me focus while we were shooting.

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