Actress Anne Hathaway attends the Museum Of Moving Images Salute To Hugh Jackman at Cipriani Wall Street on December 11, 2012 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics »
Critics were divided on Tom Hooper's film adaptation of Les Misérables
, but generally they all agreed on one thing: Anne Hathaway's performance was remarkable. Hathaway has generated more Oscar buzz than any of her talented cast mates, particularly on the strength of her rendition of Fantine's most tragic tune, "I Dreamed a Dream." But the New York-based actress doesn't feel all that confident in her performance, apparently, as she told the Los Angeles Times
that she never quite got it right.
Anne Hathaway lost a ridiculous amount of weight to play Fantine in Les Misérables. (Universal Pictures)
Though director Hooper believed Hathaway had perfected the song in the fourth take, the actress insisted on performing over 20 takes before Hooper convinced her to give it a rest. "And I was like, 'Fair enough.' I never bettered it." Asked how she felt about the version in the final cut, her response was bitterly honest: "Eh."
Hathaway is, admittedly, extremely hard on herself. In the same interview, she says that she starved herself to extremes as a means of compensating: "I see the sort of work that people like Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet can do, and I want to do that level of work so badly . . . But I don't believe I'm as gifted as them. So the only thing I can control is how hard I work at it — how much do I commit to it? How far will I take it?"
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