Redmayne stars as Marius Pontmercy in Les Miserables. The movie, directed by Tom Hooper, also stars Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. Redmayne on Marius:
There are a lot of aspects to his character that are deeply irritating. Various extraordinary people die for him. Everyone is giving up their lives, and he is sort of blindly going through. In our adaptation, he is this romantic prototype, but there needed to be something else in him so that the audience doesn’t want to slap him from the word go. We went back to the novel, where he ends up taking a keg of powder and is willing to kill himself and all the people around him for the cause. We added that back in. He’s not in any way a hero. He is complicated. So in the end, he is human and flawed but goes through this extraordinary transition from boy to manhood. That’s what I cared about.