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“I did everything I could”: Scarlett Johansson Addressed Losing to Anne Hathaway in $442M Movie With Hugh Jackman That Landed Her an Oscar

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Scarlett Johansson is a renowned actress known for her striking beauty and impressive acting skills. She has captivated audiences with her performances in several blockbuster films. Johansson’s versatility as an actress and her ability to take on a wide range of roles has made her one of the most sought-after stars in Hollywood. It can indeed be said that the Black Widow star has successfully been able to not only grab the public’s attention but also the attention of makers across the world. Yet the Lucy star failed to land her aspired role in 2012, musical periodic drama, Les Misérables. Johansson lost her role to Anne Hathaway.

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Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson

Anne Hathaway Starrer Les Misérables

Les Misérables is a beloved musical that has successfully captured the hearts of audiences around the world. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, the musical tells the story of ex-convict Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, and his quest for redemption in a society that treats him as an outcast. Along the way, he meets a cast of memorable characters, including the tragic Fantine, played by Anne Hathaway. Hathaway’s role in the film adaptation of Les Misérables was surely remarkable and even helped her to win several accolades including the Academy Award.

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Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables
Anne Hathaway in Les Misérables

Scarlett Johansson On Her Failed Les Misérables Audition 

The Black Widow star shared in an interview that she auditioned for Les Misérables but failed to grab the role of Fantine. Johansson added that she tried her very best in the audition. Scarlett Johansson admitted that the performance delivered by Anne Hathaway in the movie is top-notch and concluded by stating that it was fun to audition for Les Misérables. 

“Yes, I did. I sang my little heart out. No, are you kidding? The jazz hands kid inside me was just over the moon! And I auditioned with laryngitis. I did everything I could to, like, not have laryngitis. And I think looking at the film now, there’s no possible way I ever could have topped that performance [by Anne Hathaway]. It was perfect and I think fateful and meant to be. But, yes, the audition itself brought back so many memories of auditioning for Les Miz for the young Cosette, and it was fun for me to revisit that.”

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Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway

Scarlett Johansson’s positive and gracious attitude toward losing the role is surely commendable. Despite Hathaway’s wonderful performance in Les Misérables, it is surely interesting to imagine Johansson playing the role. Les Misérables is available on platforms like Netflix. 


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