It's fascinating to see in Auf's closeup of the passport all the details like hair color, beard color (!), height, eye color (yeux verts, but Hugh Jackman's look brown to me). And he was supposed to end up somewhere on "18 Novembre 1815", where, apparently, he has to report in. Strange they should just turn these guys loose on foot to get to where they were going--and how was that destination decided?
In the book if I remember right he doesn't tear up his passport--but it never reappears after he becomes M. Madeleine. Is that right? He doesn't keep it as a souvenir; that would really be dangerous. Hugo kind of skims over how he gets to stay in M.-sur-M. without papers.
..."a man, a stranger, had established himself in the town..." "It appears that on the very day when he made his obscure entry into the little town of M. sur M., just at nightfall, on a December evening, knapsack on back and thorn club in hand, a large fire had broken out in the town-hall. This man had rushed into the flames and saved, at the risk of his own life, two children who belonged to the captain of the gendarmerie; this is why they had forgotten to ask him for his passport."
And just never remember to. Okay. He's all cleaned up by the time he gets there. He had to have found some place to transform himself, get shaved, get some decent workmen's clothes, and so on. (Getting OT here., but to return to passports:) At some point he gets another passport, in the name of M. Madeleine, because when he's wondering whether to go save Champmathieu, "He drew from his secretary a pocket-book which contained several bank-notes and the passport of which he had made use that same year when he went to the elections."
Don't mess with Texas! We mess up enough by ourselves.
I have actually made bullets like they're doing in my avatar. Then loaded the gun with a ramrod, and shot it. But I'm not feeling real good about guns right now.