By Harry Haun
25 Dec 2012
Photo by Joan Marcus
Happily, "awards are not something that I measure my work by. I've been so fortunate and I've gotten to do such terrific things that it seems petty to look back and say, 'Oh, I should have gotten that prize.' I don't look at it that way. In the moment, of course, there is, I think, some disappointment just because of all the stuff that swirls around the shows during that time of year. Really, I've been so blessed it's hard to look back and think anything but that, so I have no disappointments."
Plus, he can content himself with the ensemble awards "Les Miz" picked up from the National Board of Review and from the critics of San Diego and Washington, DC, but the loudest Oscar buzz has been generated by his co-stars: Hugh Jackman (Valjean), Russell Crowe (Javert), Anne Hathaway (Fantine) and Eddie Redmayne (Marius).
Truth to tell, the movie Enjolras is a tad diminished from his stage facsimile, who had the whole barricade to himself to chew on. Here, as in the novel, he must share it with Marius, his best bud who helps him organize the students into revolt but then abruptly short-circuits into an amorous relationship with Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), leaving Enjolras pretty much holding the revolution all by himself.
Like the dutiful actor, Tveit returned to the roots of the story — the unabridged Victor Hugo, if you please. "It was tremendously long, but what was great was you not only got this amazing fictional story he's telling, but also after a few chapters he digresses into what was really happening in Paris and around France at the time of the story so it gives you all this historical context to his story. It's a fully fleshed-out world."Continued...