See Russell Crowe In Costume As Javert On Les Miserables Set
Just last week we caught a glimpse of Hugh Jackman in his tattered wardrobe for Tom Hooper's big budget adaptation of the Broadway sensation Les MisÚrables. Now, fresh from the London set, we have our first look at Jackman's glowering co-star Russell Crowe as the merciless Inspector Javert, complete with magnificent steed.
Upon that horse Crowe is undoubtedly an intimidating figure, but I'm not sure how much the costume has to do with it. No matter how historically accurate that the bicorne hat may be, it looks ridiculous. Personally, I've underwhelmed by the art design we've peeped thus far. Of course, Victor Hugo's classic tome is a somber affair, filled with strife, squalor and the some of mankind's cruelest natures. However, Hooper has chosen to adapt the Broadway musical version of Hugo's tale, which is full of opulent and awe-inspiring art design and effects, so this toned down approach is a bit bewildering.
The stakes are high for the director, as Les MisÚrables will be his follow-up to his crowd-pleasing Oscar-winner The King's Speech, and many have been critical of his casting, packed as it is with names better known for their box office than singing skills. However, it's possible that Javert, the tenacious cop ever on the hunt for the escaped prisoner Jean Valjean, is not the best place to expect fashion and flair. So, I'm holding out hope that they're be some more intriguing design choices made outside of the grim figures we've seen so far.
You can check out more images of Crowe, along with this more revealing look at Jackman's convict garb, at The Daily Mail.
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