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Sacha Baron Cohen lost his voice filming 'Les Miserables'


Director Tom Hooper chose to shut down production on "Les Miserables" rather than let Sacha Baron Cohen mime his songs after he lost his voice.

Filming on the movie musical was halted for a week when the British funnyman fell sick with a sore throat and was unable to complete his part as Thenardier.

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Hooper says Cohen offered to mime his lines so production could move forward, but the director insisted on all the music being sung live in front of the cameras.

Cohen tells, "After a month I actually lost my voice. And I said to Hooper, and this is actually a testament to him, 'Fine, I'll just mime it. I've got the track of me singing and I'll just mime it.' And he said 'Absolutely not. It has to be sung live.'

"And so they shut down the movie. They shut it down for a week during which time I was forbidden from speaking. I was on voice rest."

During his time off, Cohen worked with a vocal coach who also trains Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, but admits his voice still sounded "croaky" when filming resumed.

He adds, "They brought in Chris Martin's vocal teacher; who's the head of voice at the Royal Academy of Music to train me up again in three days... But when you see the first take of 'Master Of The House' it sounds like I'm a drunk guy who's got a croaky voice but that actually was me with a very croaky voice. Tom Hooper found himself with Helena Bonham Carter (who plays Thenardier's wife) and a soft-voiced, stumbling English actor; it was like 'The King's Speech' all over again."

Dec 28, 2012 6:40PM
You people are very judgemental, just because you don't like his movies doesn't mean he didn't do a great job. I thought he did very well in this and in Sweeny Todd.  Les Mis was one of the best movies to hit the screen in a long time.
Dec 28, 2012 7:01PM
The haters must be Kazakhstanis!!!
Dec 28, 2012 5:20PM
I did not think this douche would ever shut up. Thank god for miracles. Maybe a DICKtator went too far into his mouth!!!!
Dec 28, 2012 5:02PM
At least he had a voice to lose unlike Russel Crowe.
Dec 29, 2012 9:04AM
Call me silly, but I find it far more entertaining when he's chasing a fat naked man through a hotel, wielding a rubber fist, than when he's singing.
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