If you’ve been under a bridge for the last year, you might not be aware that the long-anticipated (for me, at least), mostly faithful, feature film adaptation of Les Miserables hits theaters this Christmas.
Lately, I’ve been avoiding gossip rags and entertainment news since they tend to SPOIL EVERYTHING, so I didn’t hear the buzz from the premiere until I heard about Ann Hathaway’s visit with Matt Lauer. Sadly, discussion of Ms. Hathaway’s heartfelt performance as Fantine is not what got my attention.
Anyone who has tried to get out of a low-slung car in a long dress knows that it is a very delicate maneuver. Luckily, most of us do not have photographers waiting in the wings to catch proof of our (my, at least) astounding lack of grace. Ms. Hathaway was not so lucky at Monday’s Les Mis premiere. When she didn’t respond to Matt Lauer’s bad joke about the situation, he pressed her for a comment.
From Entertainment Weekly:
The actress was clearly reluctant to discuss the mishap with Lauer. But after some prodding, [Ed. Note: Prodding that included Lauer asking what she “learned” from this moment.] she launched into an articulate response that skillfully turned the question on its head:
“Well, it was obviously an unfortunate incident. It kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it, and do the decent thing, sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants, which takes us back to Les Mis, because that’s what my character is. She is someone who is forced to sell sex to benefit her child because she has nothing and there’s no social safety net so yeah—let’s get back to Les Mis.”
Three cheers for one of the best tv interview responses I’ve heard in a very long time.
Matt Lauer, of course, did not apologize. Why should he? He only took a woman’s moment of weakness and used it for cheap laughs. In our country, that doesn’t even count as rude.