Russell Crowe's Les Miserables bonding sessions

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Les Misérables is an adaptation of the popular stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel. It is set in 19th-century France and revolves around a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean who seeks redemption.
December 15th, 2012

Russell Crowe was the ''glue'' of the 'Les Miserables' set.

The actor - who plays Javert in the big screen adaptation of the famous musical - invited his castmates to his home where they bonded over drinks and songs.

Anne Hathaway - who plays Fantine in the production - said: ''Russell was the glue. He was the first to say 'Why don't you come to my house? We'll have a couple of drinks and we'll sing.' ''

Hugh Jackman - who plays Jean Valjean - also tried to keep the atmosphere light on set by breaking into song.

He told People magazine: ''I sang 'Hallelujah' with Russell and Annie and I did a bit of an impromptu show, waiting for the rain to stop.''

Despite trying to improve morale on set, Hugh - who initially shed 15 pounds for the role before eating loads to gain 30 more pounds to emulate his alter-ego's growing success - insists filming the motion picture was a ''harrowing'' experience.

He explained: ''It was a harrowing emotional experience. But in the end, it was worth it ... I was eating anything I could. If ever there are any outtakes, there's a lot of me burping.''