I have a sickness: I’m obsessed with movies. Part of why I created this site is to have a place to dump my thoughts while doing something constructive (sharing my faith and culture while helping people to find uplifting films). Seriously though, I’m obsessed, so much so that I’ve even parodied my own malady:
Something peculiar happens in the mind that ruminates on cinema: it begins to make curious connections. With today seeing the release of The Dark Knight Rises on Blu-Ray and DVD and Les Miserables hitting theaters in a few weeks, I decided to see if I could connect each major actor from Les Miserables (the 1998 and 2012 versions) to a Batman film in as few steps as possible (kind of like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon).
I must add that I looked up nothing for this article: all of this useless knowledge sprang from my own film-junkie brain. I don’t know if, by stating that, I’m bragging or crying for help.
FANTINE (ANNE HATHAWAY- 2012; UMA THURMAN- 1998)
Easiest connection first: Anne Hathaway played Selina Kyle/Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises while Uma Thurman was Poison Ivy in Batman and Robin.
JEAN VALJEAN (HUGH JACKMAN- 2012; LIAM NEESON- 1998)
Hugh Jackman starred alongside Christian Bale (Bruce Wayne) and Michael Caine (Alfred) in The Prestige, the brilliant thriller by director Chris Nolan, who gave us the Dark Knight Trilogy.
Liam Neeson, of course, trained Bruce Wayne in the art of ninja in Batman Begins as Ra’s al Ghul.
JAVERT (RUSSELL CROWE- 2012; GEOFFREY RUSH- 1998)
Russell Crowe went head to head with Batman himself (Christian Bale) in 3:10 to Yuma, which happens to be my all-time favorite movie (an edited version is often on cable for those who want to avoid the R-rating).
Interesting piece of trivia from Yuma; a campfire scene (where Crowe fights off a pack of Indians) was filmed at the location of the original Batcave entrance from the 1960’s TV series and movie. Bale’s presence was understandably appreciated by cast and crew.
As for Geoffrey Rush, and I know I’m reaching here, but he played Captain Barbosa in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, whose composer, Hans Zimmer, worked on The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Also, it’s well-known that the character of Javert was the inspiration for the obsessed detective in The Fugitive, played by Tommy Lee Jones in the film version. Jones later made for the campiest Two-Face ever in Batman Forever.
THENARDIERS (SACHA BARON COHEN & HELENA BONHAM CARTER- 2012)
The Thenardiers barely feature in the truncated 1998 film, though they come roaring back in the 2012 version. I’ve got nothing for Cohen, but Helena Bonham Carter faced off against Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon), playing Bellatrix Lestrange, the evil cousin of his character Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
COSETTE (AMANDA SEYFRIED- 2012; CLAIRE DANES 1998)
As for Danes, she was the future Mrs. John Conner in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, a role later taken by Bryce Dallas Howard in Terminator: Salvation where John Conner was played by none other than Christian Bale!
Speaking of Christian Bale…he was in Newsies! And that’s on topic because… it’s a musical! Just go with it.