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Samantha Barks On 'Les Miserables,' Eponine's Dark Side, And Spitting In Ali G's Face

Samantha Barks On 'Les Miserables,' Eponine's Dark Side, And Spitting In Ali G's Face

Twenty-two-year-old Samantha Barks may have been destined to play Eponine in Tom Hooper's ambitious Les Miserables film adaptation, given that she'd warble the iconic character's songs into the mirror at age six and, years later, would go on to earn acclaim playing the tragic innkeepers' daughter in London's West End and in Les Miz's 25th Anniversary concert. But Barks really knew she'd made it when she found herself sparring with onscreen dad Sacha Baron Cohen on the Les Miserables set: "I can’t believe I actually spat in Ali G’s face!"
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Great Moments In 'Les Miserables' Mania: Katie Holmes Sings 'On My Own' On 'Dawson's Creek'

Great Moments In 'Les Miserables' Mania: Katie Holmes Sings 'On My Own' On 'Dawson's Creek'

With this season's Les Misérables mania in swing, many a moviegoer has been obsessing over those familiar songs and weepy French revolutionary dramatics in anticipation of the Christmas Oscar pic. I've been thinking a lot about the classic Les Mis tune "On My Own," about one girl's unrequited love for a boy who loves another — but not as sung by Eponine about Marius and his beloved little songbird Cosette. I'm talking Joey Potter's Miss Windjammer rendition from season one of Dawson's Creek.
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