, the director of intimate character studies like the Oscar-winning The King's Speech
, the HBO miniseries "John Adams
" and the TV drama "Longford
," would not seem the sort of chap likely to make a sprawling adaptation of a beloved Broadway musical.
"I've always had an epic filmmaker within me clamoring to get out," explains the British director.
That much becomes clear in Hooper's new film, Les Misérables
. From the musical based on Victor Hugo
's novel, the film is an enormous, star-studded affair overlaid on a French revolution canvas yet painted with a naturalistic brush.
The film, which has been nominated for four Golden Globes, has returned Hooper to the thick of the Oscar race two years after the Academy Awards' coronation of The King's Speech
. A few months after that film won best picture and best director for Hooper, he was onto Les Miz
, spending the "capital," he says,