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'Les Misérables' director ordered live singing for adaptation

Posted by Glenn Yoder  November 28, 2012 03:06 PM

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When adapting one of the world's most famous musicals for the big screen, singing must be a top consideration. Sure, there's Hollywood magic that can touch up audio tracks, but director Tom Hooper closed the door on lip syncing and asked his actors to sing live on set for "Les Misérables," which hits theaters Christmas Day.

"The whole sense that the character is producing the song, rather than the character is following a song, completely changes the medium of the music," Hooper told MTV News. "It's amazing how much more visceral and how much more real it is. I, for one, find lip syncing; it's always made me find it fake. Even the great musicals, I have to kind of forgive them for miming. It's a real step forward in the form which we are all really excited to be involved in."

Check out the trailer for the film receiving loud best picture Oscar buzz, which is packed with singing from the likes of big name stars Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and more:

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