Russell Crowe as Javert from the 2012 musical film Les Miserables
This was painted when only a few production shots had been released and many of them made it look like his coat was wet. So the rain effect in this painting was added just for fun. It's not really movie-accurate.
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I personally find Russell Crowe to be the best Javert I've seen by far.
He played Javert exactly as I envisioned him while reading the original novel. He's cold, stone-hearted and barely shows any particular expression indicating remorse or guilt in his job. A hard-crested cop!
Yes, I'm a big fan. "Les Miserables" 2012 struck me to the heart. Especially strongly impressed me a great and incomparable Anne Hathaway, which deservedly received his Oscar. Tell me, is it worth to wait for new work by Anne Hathaway in the role of Fantine? You already have one job is, but I think it lacks the incredible amount of detail as in the work of the Javert. It was great, if you made the work of Anne Hathaway when she sings her famous song "I Dreamed a Dream". I am sure that you would have made a Great picture at the best scene of the whole movie.
I've made so many portraits of the characters using those actors that I'm a little burned out on them. But I'm sure I'll make more Les Mis fan art from the 2012 movie at some point, including more Fantine. Just not for a while.
Haha oh don't worry they wouldn't get much of a fight with me.. I don't really see him as the villian either. Like Jean said.. he only did his job.
Still have to read the book though.. I'm curious about his background though, they didn't really say much about the characters in the movie I guess there wasn't time for it, but it really looses a lot of impact without it.
The biggest exposition drop in the musical version about Javert's character is during The Confrontation when Javert and Valjean fight hand-to-hand after Fantine dies in the hospital. Javert says "I was born was inside a jail. I was born with scum like you. I am from the gutter too." This gives his personality and motivations an extra bit of interesting complexity in that Valjean and Javert come from similar places and have similar experiences but made vastly different decisions that altered the course of their lives drastically.
Hugo's novel delves deeper into Javert's thoughts regarding these decisions, so I'd definitely recommend checking it out. I don't recall his exact wording, but Javert is mentioned to have seen two options for his life that began with the dregs of society. He could either embrace it and become part of the dark underbelly of society or rail against it by becoming someone who upholds the law (in his case, obsessively).
Haha. Sorry for the long reply. If you wanted to read a novel, you could have just read Hugo's instead of mine. XD
Yeah that's exactly the part that made me curious about him. He just drops the line and then I was like... But, but.. tell us more! And then the fact that he actually took his liberation so hard that he thought his world had crumbled and he took his life.
I mean there's got to be more to a man's view of the world than just what they showed.
Am also curious about Jean Valjean.. I feel like I should have read the book first.. I'm not sure I want to forever remember him as Hugh Jackman.. (much as I love the actor).
I'm definitely reading the book soon, as soon as I can find a decent translation... there's a hundred of them. I'm guessing worldworth or penguin should have something worth buying.
Haha np, I'm enjoying your interest on the subject.