Acaila, can I hug you? Just read your top 10 list. Totally agree with you about several actors. Can I use your list for mizzie promotion among my friends? Because I really couldn't have said half as well!
I loooooove Roger Allam. He seriously deserves more attention. I quite like his “softer” version of Javert. But “soft” Javerts are SO HARD to find!
As for Quast...I watched TAC right after being introduced by the movie. Seriously guys, you can never imagine how shocked I was!!
Murray as Javert = MUST SEE. Better skip final battle though.
Actually it was his Valjean that first caught my attention, at a time when I was really tired of Santa Valjeans (in fact I still am). Acaila, your reason for loving Dudu Fisher is exactly mine for loving Murray's Valjean lol! Now I need to look for Israeli Mis videos too.
ValDrew was a total surprise for me as well. I disliked him as Enjolras (I'm so sorry, Acaila) and Krolock in Tanz der Vampire (this was how I knew Sarich actually...) I firmly believed he wasn't suitable for any role in Les Mis except perhaps Marius. But ValDrew is indeed amazing, regardless of how wrong it appears to be.
Rauch is my current favorite Valjean. He's the only one that can perfectly handle the CHANGE in Valjean. He knows how to react differently to different characters. He also balances the “strong” and “soft” sides of Valjean pretty well. No doubt my definitive Valjean. I'm going to loop the Madrid revival video until I get an English one of him.
Have some minor disagreement but it's just my personal preference. Don't shoot me!
I have serious problems with Earl Carpenter's voice.
JOJ's the best Santa Valjean I've seen but he's still a Santa Valjean...
I'm not sure if I've actually seen McCarthy but I find that almost every US Javert I've seen gets a bit too far on the “stern” track.