Anne Hathaway’s Les Miserables‘ Rendition Of “I Dreamed A Dream” Was Spoofed In A Viral Video Recently
This could be a sweet dream or a beautiful nightmare but either way it’s comedy gold!
Twenty-eight-year-old USC School of Cinematic Arts grad student Alberto Belli dreamed up the genius idea of spoofing Anne Hathaway‘s memorable rendition of “I Dreamed A Dream” as Fantine in the hit musical Les Miserables. The song was perfect for a parody, according to the creator. “I saw the movie; I thought she was great,” Belli told The Daily Beast. “The role speaks for herself.”
In the three-and-a-half minute video, 27-year-old actress Emma Fitzpatrick embodies Hathaway, while pleading the Academy for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. “I was bold and unafraid,” she sings, belting out the lyrics rewritten by Belli with the help of Robert Hill. “I let them give me this new haircut. And I lost half my body weight. But then they never did a wide shot. And now I pray you’ll vote for me. I’ll stand up when I hear you clapping. And I already have my speech. ‘Oh, God, is this really happening?”
Hathaway, who has already garnered a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award and Critic Choice Award for her performance, has a good chance of taking home the gold statuette when the Oscars are held on February 24th. It is an accolade Fitzpatrick believes would be well-deserved. “I thought she did a great job,” Fitzpatrick told The Hollywood Reporter. “I actually wept through her whole song. I don’t think there’s any questions about her talent or her skill or what she was willing to give to that role. I’ve been a huge fan of this show and this music for a long time, so I knew the music really well. We threw it together really quickly. By the time I agreed to do it and got the lyrics to the song, we were basically shooting the next day. It’s a vocally taxing song, so by the eighth take, I was a little exhausted.”
Titled “For Your Consideration” and posted on January 28, the video already has over 560,000 views on YouTube, yet there is only one person Fitzpatrick is hoping will watch it. “That would be so cool if [Anne] saw it,” she says “It seems to me that she has a pretty good sense of humor—she’s been known to parody fellow actresses herself—so I would think that she probably gets it.”