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Eddie Redmayne: 'Les Misérables audition like X Factor, American Idol'

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Eddie Redmayne has compared the audition process for Les Misérables to American Idol.

The star joked to Us Magazine that pressure to land the role of student revolutionary Marius began soon after he mailed in an audition tape of himself singing 'Empty Chairs and Empty Tables'.

"Les Miserables" New York Premiere -   Arrivals at the Ziegfeld Theatre
Featuring: Eddie Redmayne
Where: New York City, United States
When: 10 Dec 2012
Credit: Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com

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"That was the start of what become like an American Idol, X Factor-style audition," he teased. "It was so intense - I have new respect for people of those shows."

Redmayne added humorously: "The only thing missing was Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell!"

He went on to credit co-star Amanda Seyfried with brightening up the Les Misérables set once he finally won the role of Marius.

Night of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards held at the Imperial War Museum - Arrivals
Featuring: Eddie Redmayne and Amanda Seyfried
Where: London, United Kingdom

© WENN / Daniel Deme/WENN.com



"She's like this amazing ball of light and that's exactly what the part needs. Les Mis is fairly dark at moments, and when she comes on screen, everything just lights up," Redmayne beamed.

"It was nice being with her in London, getting to hang out with her."

Redmayne was recently cast in the Wachowskis' upcoming sci-fi movie Jupiter Ascending opposite Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum.

Les Misérables is showing in US cinemas now, and opens in the UK on January 11, 2013. Watch a trailer below:

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