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Scarlett Johansson Reveals She Lost 'Les Mis' Role to Anne Hathaway Due to Laryngitis

February 13, 2013 (8:39 am) GMT
'I sang my heart out,' ScarJo recalls how she auditioned for Fantine in 'Les Miserables', but she lost it because of her throat illness.
Scarlett Johansson Reveals She Lost 'Les Mis' Role to Anne Hathaway Due to Laryngitis

Little did people know that was also testing for Fantine role in now Oscar-nominated "". She, however, had to lose the highly coveted part to because she didn't give her best performance during the audition due to laryngitis.

The "" actress recalled the audition that required her to sing live. "I sang my little heart out," she told Broadway.com. "I auditioned with laryngitis. I did everything I could to, like, not have laryngitis."

Eventually she failed to snatch the role of the leading lady who is famous with her tear-jerking song of "I Dreamed a Dream". Still, ScarJo's glad the part went to Hathaway, who is now nominated for Oscar's Best Supporting Actress thanks to "Les Mis".

"I think, looking at the film now, there's no possible way I ever could have topped that performance," Johansson praised the Catwoman of "". She gushed, "It was perfect and I think fateful and meant to be."

Apart from Hathaway, Johansson had to compete with the likes of , , , and for the Fantine role. Though she didn't get the job, the Black Widow of "" said her audition "brought back so many memories" to her.

The 28-year-old actress shared that back when she was a kid, she tried to claim the part of Cosette in a "Les Mis" play. "It was fun for me to revisit that," she said.

"Les Miserables" is up for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor (), and Best Supporting Actress (Hathaway). Most recently, Hathaway took home the supporting actress award at the 2013 BAFTAs in England. She also bagged the same title at the Golden Globes and the SAG Awards.

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