It’s Called Acting: In Defence of Russell Crowe as Javert in Les Misérables (2012, dir. Tom Hooper)

It’s Called Acting: In Defence of Russell Crowe as Javert in Les Misérables (2012, dir. Tom Hooper)

Stage actors have to concentrate on projecting their voice all the way to the balcony, and 80% of the audience is too far away to make out any facial details, which is why they usually put him in a cartoonishly huge hat so those of us squinting from the cheap seats can go “oh, it’s the baddie”. But for the film they saw the opportunity they had for variety, and seized it.