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The star of the big-screen adaptation of Les Misérables owes a debt to Jason but doesn’t mask his emotions.
1 INSPIRATION Growing up, I was absolutely mad about the Friday the 13th movies. My mates and me would reenact them all—even the really bad one in 3-D. I suppose, in some odd way, those movies made me want to be an actor.
2 CREATION There’s a moment in Les Misérables that our director wanted to capture with a song that had not been written. So we got together with the musical’s original writers, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, and watched them create this exquisite song, “Suddenly,” from thin air. It’s a moment where you realize how blessed you are.
3 DESTINATION I wish someone had told me earlier that it’s okay to follow my bliss. There were points in my life and career where I probably acted strategically rather than from my heart. The Broadway musical The Boy From Oz was a big turning point for me. My film career was going well, and here was this 18-month commitment playing a flamboyantly gay character. It wasn’t what anyone considered a good career move, but I just knew it was the right thing to do. It moved me, and I knew it would move audiences. Whatever we do in life, if it’s from the heart, the result is almost irrelevant. It’s the journey that matters. I’ll only follow my heart from here on out.
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