WATCH: Original Producer of ‘Les Miserables’ Stage Show Praises Hugh Jackman

Cameron Mackintosh at NYC Les Miserables premiere. (AP)

British theater impresario Sir Cameron Mackintosh, who was the producer of the original Les Miserables stage musical in London, is clearly a big fans of Hugh Jackman who plays the central role of Jean Valjean in the new film version of the work.

Mackintosh says it’s taken more than 25 years to create a movie based on the stage musical because “Hugh Jackman wasn’t old enough to play it before now.”

The first performance of Les Miserables on stage took place in London in October 1985.  Mackintosh says: “Most of this cast in this film weren’t even born when we opened – and now here they are – the literal dream cast.”

He hopes the musical will help the UK film industry. He says: “If Les Miserables proves to be a big success, it will encourage even more big films like that to be done in England – it’s a great place to make a musical movie.”

Les Miserables opens in US cinemas on December 25th 2012