While promoting Les Misérables in New York this past week, Lily and her co-stars David Oyelowo and Dominic West sat down with AP News to talk about their new show. Along with the articlethat you can find below, portraits taken at the studio have been added to our gallery.
NEW YORK (AP) — David Oyelowo kept his distance from the rest of the actors while filming the upcoming six-part retelling of ”Les Miserables .” It wasn’t personal.
Dominic West would often invite his fellow actors out for a bite or just to hang out but Oyelowo would repeatedly decline. West wondered why it was so hard to get to know Oyelowo.
The reason was because Oyelowo was playing the morally rigid, obsessive Inspector Javert and felt he had stay an arm’s length away to remain in character.
“I wanted to feel like an outsider. I wanted to feel like a shark,” said Oyelowo. “I like to lose myself in whatever I’m doing. I think that gives you a better chance of making the audience go on that journey with you.”
The added preparation can be seen on PBS’ “Masterpiece” beginning Sunday when Javert begins his hunt for the heroic fugitive Jean Valjean, played by West, in a powerful adaptation of Victor Hugo’s mammoth novel by screenwriter Andrew Davies.
The six-hour series is grounded in the sprawling, tumultuous book, not the musical. It also stars Lily Collins as Fantine, Derek Jacobi as the Bishop of Digne and Olivia Colman as Madame Thenardier.
Several of the actors admitted they were initially skeptical about the project so soon after the recent Tom Hooper-directed film until they read or reread Hugo’s book, something West calls “incredibly accessible masterwork.”