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Anne Hathaway and Samuel L Jackson in spoof 'sad off'

Published: 2:47PM Wednesday December 19, 2012 Source: ONE News

Hollywood actors Anne Hathaway and Samual L Jackson have turned up the heat in the Christmas movie competition.

With their new films, Les Miserable and Django Unchained, direct rivals in the US Christmas market, both opening on Christmas Day, the pair have upped the ante to encourage cinema goers to see their film.

Classic musical Les Miserable has been turned into a Hollywood film starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne, in which she plays Fantine, a struggling factory worker and mother of an illegitimate child, who is eventually forced to turn to prostitution.

Samuel stars in Quentin Tarantino's latest film, a violent spaghetti Western which tells the story of a slave living in the Deep South, alongside Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio. Its premiere, scheduled for yesterday, was cancelled after the primary school schooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

In a spoof 'sad off' the stars put forward their cases on which movie is the most heart-wrenching. And the debate gets heated, with both actors using very strong language to argue their points.

Dressed in festive jumpers inspired by their respective movies, Samuel donning a Santa hat and sitting in front of a grand piano, with Christmas wreaths and twinkling lights in the background, the pair begin as if they're sending a warm Christmas message which quickly turns into an argument.

The A-listers hurl insults at each-other and the films, before remembering the true message of Christmas.

"Christmas is about bringing people together - like prostitution does," says Samuel.

Before Anne finishes with: "Nothing says Christmas like slaves and whores."

Watch the clip here to make your decision on who wins.

Les Miserable hits New Zealand cinemas on January 10, while Django Unchained opens on January 24.