Talk about method acting! To prepare for playing the despicable Madame Thenardier in the upcoming Les Miserables movie, Helena Bonham Carter had to learn the ways of the wicked inn-keeper, which included learning to master the art of petty theft.
“I’m playing Madame Thenardier. She’s a bad sort and I learned how to pickpocket,” Bonham Carter told British newspaper The Daily Mail. According to the report, Bonham Carter demonstrated her hidden talent (“Not quite a talent, maybe a sideline,” she warned) at the BFI London Film Festival Awards, where she was honored with a BFI Fellowship. The actress was able to correctly identify the exact location of a British reporter's wallet and phone, as well as the latter's make. "I'm pretty good at it," she added.
In the highly-anticipated Les Miz movie musical, which hits theaters on Christmas Day, Bonham Carter plays the devious wife of an equally crude inn-keeper (played by Sacha Baron Cohen). Between these two always surprising actors, pickpocketing almost certainly won’t be the only trick the big-screen Thenardiers have up their sleeve.