Anne Hathaway got Les Miserables inspiration from Susan Boyle

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 January 2013
Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway was inspired by Susan Boyle's iconic first TV audition while singing Fantine's haunting ode 'I Dreamed A Dream' in 'Les Miserables'

Anne Hathaway is a fan of Susan Boyle.

The 'Les Miserables' actress drew upon the Scottish singing sensation's inspirational first 'Britain's Got Talent' audition when she had to perform iconic show tune 'I Dreamed A Dream' as struggling prostitute Fantine in Tom Hooper's new musical film.

Anne said: "I think she's adorable, and her story was so heart-warming. Before I knew I was going to play Fantine, I'd watched that clip [of 'Britain's Got Talent'], when I was having a low day, and it just made me feel so wonderful.

"The thing about it was of course her, but the thing that's also fun is to watch Simon Cowell's mind racing, as a producer and an adding machine! I just loved that clip!"

The 30-year-old brunette beauty found it "uncomfortable" playing the doomed heroine in the musical drama and was daunted about making the song her own, but she says it will be a role she remembers for life.

Anne explained to the UK edition of OK! magazine: "It was really exciting to take this iconic song, which is so beloved, and find a way to put it through the prism of film - and that meant having to go very, very, very deep inside myself to some uncomfortable places.

"But that's what we do, and those are the jobs that you remember and those are the ones that make you grow."

Susan Boyle

The Britain's Got Talent surprise hit is out promoting her fourth album Standing Ovation: The Greatest Songs from the Stage.

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