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BEYOND THE BARRICADE: LES MIS Film Cast on the Themes of Love and Redemption

I thought all five of you were extraordinary, and if I had five little gold statuettes right now...[laughter] I cover parenting so I thought about this very much as a mom. And first of all--Hugh, our daughters are two days apart, so you've all talked about the synergies between the themes in the film and what's going on in the world today, I'm wondering about you as a parent--how do you talk to your child about this kind of a thing so that they're ready to see those kinds of movies and understand the importance and relevance of it all?

HJ: It's such a great question. What amazes me--I have a twelve-year-old as well, and a seven-year-old--is how naturally they'll go to that subject. And how often they will see it and pick up on it. And we are lucky enough to have traveled to many places. The subject is natural for them--I think for kids in particular, equity is the way the world was meant to be, and of course they have very little control over their life. They naturally see the good in everyone around them and the equality wherever they go. So we do talk about it, we often talk about our contribution, about community, about giving back. I don't know if it's just me but it seems to me, the schools that my kids are at, it seems kids are way more connected to these issues than when I was young. The Global Poverty Project is really a bunch of young 20-year-olds who's mission it is to see the end of extreme poverty in their lifetime and they're committed, nothing's going to stop them. So I'm a 44-year-old guy who basically gets on their bandwagon; they're smart and passionate. I think it's an exciting time because I think it's a subject that totally resonates with people. My father worked for Pricewaterhouse his whole life and he said by the end of his time there, young kids would come in and they weren't asking about the perk package, they wanted to know about the corporate responsibility that the firm had, that was the most important thing to them.

I think it's exciting, I think it's a great idea to keep the conversation going whenever possible. That's a good point, I hadn't even thought about, it may be at times too brutal but certainly the themes will resonate.

Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

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