THEY SAW THE POTENTIAL OF THE HAIR.
It’s a fairly common trajectory for a Marius or Enjolras to move into the role of Raoul after, but even so he must have made a really lovely impression to form the idea that Shouty McJolras could turn into the majestic blond fop-beast Vicomte. Not that Shouty didn’t ever happen…
In the Final Lair scene, his Let me see her! is an angry, terrible roar, and the last Anywhere you go, let me go, too, in All I Ask of You probably shot some holes in the ceiling of Her Majesty’s, especially when it was the Killian & Katie Show singing it, but he did have some rather soft (for values of Killian-soft) moments, too.
And you know, there was a lot of value in the angstface, as well.
RAOUL, VICOMTE de HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO GET MY LEG OVER WHEN YOU’RE HAUNTED BY AN OPERA GHOST CHRISTINE I MEAN REALLY WORK WITH ME HERE
Video does exist—I’ve seen at least one All I Ask of You that I remember, but the quality was terrible and I didn’t save it—but I wouldn’t really know where to dig it out, because I’m not in ~Phandom~. It’s probably obvious that I’m really in this for the hair. And Terror Threat Level Waistcoat, and the fact that in his run in the show, he was happy on an astonishingly obvious level, one that took a long time to make itself so visible again. But that’s a different discussion. OH! And while we are here, let’s take a quick peek in the quiet Raoul dressing room, and understand even more now what a beautiful thing it is that he’s keeping his Deco room so tidy, because, well.
Home, sweet hot mess home. BUT BACK TO THE HAIR.
Yes, I flopped the photo, because that’s the actual Raoul flip direction Thing, and mmm, that hair. That perfect, perfect hair.