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In Which Broadway Gives a Shit About Enjolras!

By now, you’re pretty tired of hearing Anne Hathaway talk about eating two Nilla Wafers a day and suffering for her Fantine. Like. You’re going to kick a baby deer in the face if she mentions it ever again. And if one more person wants you to seem impressed by the fact that the cast actually sang, right there on that set, right at the same time as they were acting their scenes – as if theater actors don’t actually do that 8 times a week—you’re going to light some shit on fire.

But it’s all good, here in the hood. Because you have Aaron Tveit to save your sanity, right? Aaronjolras Tveit.

Well. You have like, four NYC red carpet photos and three film stills, at least. Those meager scraps of publicity are making you pretty happy. You’ve papered your bedroom with the print-outs already.

And sure. You’re kind of annoyed he’s barely in the previews. Or interviews. Or epic Annie Liebowitz photo spreads in Vogue. And you’re definitely pissed there are no big Aaronjolras posters for you to steal from your local subway station.

But fear not, Broadway, we’ve got your back. Because we are your people. And we adore Aaron Tveit, and Enjolras – a character Broadway loved hard enough to award a Tony (forget that Marius guy) – just as much as you do. We know what you want to know.

So while we can’t give Tveit an Oscar or Tony Nom for his work, we can (and will) gush our faces off about it. Because… well. Beautiful, golden throated Aaron Tveit playing Enjolras on film is pretty fucking important. And as the man who rules the barricade of our hearts, Aaronjolras deserves a solid few minutes of dedicated fangirling.

You’ll be glad to hear that on the barricade of this movie, Tveit does not disappoint. He’s clearly one of the best singers in the lot. Like. The minute he opens that mouth you breathe a sigh of relief, because you know you—and your beloved Enjolras—are in good vocal hands. And then there’s the acting. Tveit’s Enjolras is appropriately fearless, dashing, and single-minded. Seeing his face, set in proud defiance, as Enjolras stares down his own death is a bizarre pleasure. He is perfect. He is the Enjolras of your dreams.

Plus he’s fucking beautiful, even in wig that looks like it was made from the fur of a homeless cocker-spaniel. You want an example of said beauty? Well. There’s this moment when we enter Café Musain for the first time, and Aaronjolras is standing there with neck of his shirt pulled open, and his entire person is glistening with sweat and you will be transfixed by the glistening triangle of skin just below his throat. Good luck not groaning out loud in that moment, because you will also instantaneously imagine yourself licking the sweat out of the hollow of his throat as you pull his shirt open little by little. (No? Just me?) And wait until you see him hanging upside-down and dead out a window. It’s like… the most important moment in your Les Miz and Aaron Tveit loving life. It’s glorious. You’re going to lose your mind a little bit.

So what we’re really saying, Broadway, is this: fear not. Enjolras is front and center in the movie, no matter what the mainstream press coverage might have you believe. And Aaron Tveit, in all his golden, revolutionary glory, is going to make you swoon.

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re just going to imagine Aaron glistening with sweat as he reclines in front of a huge wagon wheel every minute of every day until December 25th.

{ 17 comments… add one }

  • Kim December 13, 2012, 8:35 pm

    bless you

  • Polly Anna Barlow December 13, 2012, 10:08 pm

    Mick-This is brilliant. You are hilarious. And Brilliant. That is all.

  • Kels December 17, 2012, 2:45 pm

    I thought I was the only one who was in love with Enjolras. Screw you Marius, he was right when he said there is a higher cause!

    • Megan March 20, 2013, 6:44 pm

      Trust me, there are many more of us :)

  • annie December 19, 2012, 11:11 am

    Girls – it’s so good to have you properly back.
    Am so excited about Les Mis Movie and Mr Tveit – it’s not out in England till January 11th … I will be dying with excitement by then.

  • Marie December 19, 2012, 11:12 pm

    Praise the Lord for this blessed article. I am reassured, the insurgent named Apollo is actually in this movie!!! MARIUS NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR LONELY SOUL… God cutting Drink With Me was bad enough, I’m so glad Aaronjolras has a substantial part!!

  • Kate December 26, 2012, 6:19 pm

    Thank god for this article. And for Aaron Tveit. Pure brilliance.

  • Erin December 29, 2012, 10:39 pm

    Oh hey, did I write this when I wasn’t looking? Because Enjolras has always, always, held my heart. And this Aaron guy… Oh man. He did this all-important part so much justice I could hardly stand it!

    And no, it wasn’t just you (re: triangle of sweat and glory).

  • Lethe January 25, 2013, 11:24 pm

    Am I glad I found your article, because no other writer has articulated what I feel after having seen Les Miserables and Aaronjolras Tveit (as you put it). Your article is what I would have written had I your wit. :) And so, after some jerk unfriended me after he discovered I put Aaronjolras Tveit in the cover of my Facebook timeline, I’m having my sweet revenge. I’m printing out the picture above, fitted to page, your article, and anything I can get my hands on. I haven’t papered my bedroom with the print-outs yet, but I’m going to. Perhaps I can even have a huge poster made of that fabulous face and pose. Thanks! — Your fellow fangirl

  • Jillian January 29, 2013, 12:09 pm

    This article is wonderful and brilliant and hilarious and everything else that is good in the world. A perfect articulation of the addiction that is Aaronjolras. It’s like you took everything from my mind, but then made it make sense and sound charming and witty.

    just, excellent.

  • Georgina February 2, 2013, 3:29 am

    Agree with every word. Have just been back for my second viewing, 3 days after the first, mainly to stare devotedly at him, drooling gently. You’ve put exactly what I felt into entertaining and eloquent words -nice work.

  • bella February 2, 2013, 12:25 pm

    Aaron is brilliant in every movie/show/play i have seen him in like most people may say he seems almost perfect!!!

  • Dawn heart February 3, 2013, 4:51 am

    I approve that Aaron Tveit is one of the most posted about topics on this blog. well done :)

  • JM March 2, 2013, 2:33 pm

    “wig that looks like it was made from the fur of a homeless cocker-spaniel. ”

    i love your descriptions.

  • Megan March 20, 2013, 6:42 pm

    My thoughts exactly. Enjolras is the real star of the show. He’s so dedicated to his cause (and who doesn’t love a rebel?). He’s not only the best singer, but he’s hotter than Marius, even with his lacquered-on hair and make-up-stained teeth. Thank you, Mick.

  • Gala April 6, 2013, 6:54 pm

    both in the movie and in the Oscar’s performance, aaronjolras stole the show! That’s why Broadway.com loves him so much xxx

  • Chase May 8, 2013, 12:06 am

    God bless Aaron Tveit. That is all.

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