Les Miserables at IMDb
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Les Miserables (1998)
Extract from an Article about Hans Matheson
. . . After playing yet another rock star in Still Crazy, which opened last month, he's moved to a more historical gig as the young revolutionary Marius who romances Cosette (Clare Danes) in Bille August's version of Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. Matheson, all gorgeous cheekbones, is clearly still a bit bowled over by it all, and uneasily aware that he has reached his first career crossroad. 'I want to take the turning to good people and good scripts, not fame and money,' he insists. 'I'd rather wash-up than take a £100,000 role that wasn't right for me.' . .
He based Still Crazy's guitarist Luke on eccentric rockers such as Mick Jagger, Fleetwood Mac's Peter Green and Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, but hit uncharted waters with Les Misérables: 'I'd never read the book before I screen-tested. Bille gave me the role but the studios said "no" because I was a nobody. But Bille said "yes". The next thing I was flying to New York for rehearsal. I'd never been abroad before.'