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Adam Lambert Slams 'Les Miserables' Cast's 'Pretend Singers'

Adam Lambert Slams 'Les Miserables' Cast's 'Pretend Singers'

Adam Lambert has taken to his Twitter account to talk about his opinions on the film Les Miserables and has slammed director Tom Hooper‘s cast for “pretending to be singers”.

Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers …it’s an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good),” Adam wrote.

Anne Hathaway as Fantine and [Aaron Tveit as] Enjolras were the exceptions for me,” he added. “Helena B Carter and Sacha B Cohen were great too.”

“And I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals. Eponine’s [Samantha Barks] voice was cool too…,” he continued. “I felt like I should ignore the vocals and focus on the emotional subtext- but the singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out. The industry will say “these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live” but why not cast actors who could actually sound good? Sorry for being so harsh but it’s so True!”

Evan Rachel Wood chimed in on the conversation, saying “We sang live in “across the universe” #justsaying,” to which Adam replied, “And that sounded Good!!! Ok yes, that’s another movie musical exception. That movie was on point. And U were stunning in it.”

DO YOU AGREE with Adam Lambert’s points about Les Miserables?

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  • BEAN

    Yeah because you’re the only person in the world that can sing. Sit down Adam.

  • http://@JoleneWipf Jolene

    There will always be haters.

  • Maria

    He should listen to himself first.

  • Deedz

    At the end of the day, it’s a FILM. And therefore the theatrical performances will always take precedence over the singing.

  • Alaia

    Anybody who looks like that shouldn’t be able to judge anyone or anything. Do├║che.

  • http://@allergictojerks Dan

    He’s right. Russel Crowe was a disgrace to the film. If it’s a musical, then they should’ve hired actors who can actually sing? I mean there are lots of them in Hollywood. With big names too.

  • Marie Adams

    I agree with Adam Lambert in that the production choices were not the wisest! Les Miz has been my favorite musical for years. The songs are what carry the story! If you diminish them it detracts from the whole production! You would not go see a movie if the acting was not good, the same is true for a musical! The songs are the main thing!

  • BEAN

    @Alaia: Looooooool right!!??

  • mlm

    Is Adam the only person on this planet that can’t voice an opinion!! He can’t say sh*t without people getting all pissy with him. Look at all the shit others do and say and they in no way get criticized the way Adam does. Get a grip people!!

  • JP

    Honey, you ain’t no Adele yourself. Some of these actors actually came from theater, so while they’re not full-time singers, they do have experience. With anything musical you can’t expect the cast to be exceptional in acting and singing, even those who have done theater all their lives are better (even slightly) at one or the other. But honestly, who is he to be judging others’ singing ability?

  • brenda

    Adam can out-sing any of them. That’s not the point though. He is entitled to an opinion.

  • Mal

    Come on Jared. Usually you are more authentic than this. He didn’t “slam” anyone –he was giving his opinion and did it respectfully. After all he had an extensive musical theatre background so he views it with a different eye than the usual movie goer. And he gave accolades too.
    BTW–have seen him live several times and he is a very good singer and in the world of concerts today, one of the best.

  • Mary

    Yeah, agree. What would The Sound of Music be without good singers? Les Miz was written as an opera, gorgeous music deserves good voices to bring out the emotion.

  • Lauriellen

    Adam is RARELY critical of anything. He always sees the positive. In this case though, as a trained singer, I can understand why the vocals were distracting to him.

    I play a flute, so I am trained to hear when people are out of tune. When I am watching singing competitions with live music, I can hear every single note that is off. Others are enjoying the performance and I am pointing out each note that should have been higher, lower, held longer, pronounced better…


    @Alaia: Sorry but that guy is a PHENOMENAL singer, I think he has all the right to give his opinion, PLUS he did theater before

  • mlm

    @Alaia: Looks like one gorgeous human being to me!!

  • Michele

    While I haven’t seen the movie yet, I would have to agree with him that since this IS an opera, they should’ve hired more talented singers. Adam definitely has every right to his opinion, as does everyone else. Plus Adam has had vocal training, and he has experience being in musicals. He knows what he’s talking about. So I definitely agree with Adam’s opinion. I love that he’s honest in his opinions and critiques.

  • eve

    Poor loser who can’t have a hit song and who is unknown outside the US.

    Look at this clown and all his make-up. And he thinks he is a singer. He is trying to do what Bowie did 40 years ago, only Bowie did it 100 times better.

  • darlene

    I repect Adams opinion, wouldnt stop me from seeing movie if i were interested tho, there were quite a few opera and voice teachers on twitter sending him tweets completely agreeing with what he said tho, and above all he i entitled to his opinion just like the rest of us are

  • Music Lover

    Actually, I agree with him. The movie was entertaining. There were some good vocalists. But obviously the casting first looked for proven $$ movie stars, not inspiring vocalists. Anne H. was great, as was the lovely actress who played Eponine. I thought the secondary male actors were better singers than the main characters and thought the casting of Russell Crowe was horrible. Adam’s comments were pretty spot on. He does come from musical theater and is a trained vocalist, so certainly has a respectable perspective from which to offer a critique.

  • darla

    Only people who care cared. Pretentious movie crap. Stupid musical.

  • brenda

    Honey….Adam started in theater when he was 8 years old. I would say he is legit.

  • Michele


    Adam is gorgeous, and he has an exceptional vocal talent. You’re the douche.

  • DemiTasse

    Well, he said somethings I kind of agree with. He wasn’t just trashing the movie to trash it. He looks at Les Miserables as an opera, not a musical. There is a difference. So if he thinks of it as an opera, then he is correct that some of the actors weren’t singers, but actors who sang.

    I do think Adam was unusually harsh, tho. Because even if it was actors singing and not singers trying to act, the actors who sang/acted were very good, IMO. Hugh Jackman,

    Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, all of them did a good job. Seems like a director has a choice in this situation to pick actors who can sing, or to pick singers who can act.

    What matters is whether or not you like this type of movie. I thought it was very good and I loved Hugh Jackman. He can both sing & act very good and I believed in his character.People who don’t like the musical version can watch thenon-musical movie of it on cable with Liam Neeson that came out a few yearws ago.

  • j

    Shut the f up your stupid and gay and dont even know what good music is take your opinions and sit the Eff down

  • Kane

    @brenda: his experience certainly doesn’t show LOL

  • darlene

    @eve: you should probably do a little research before you talk about what you dont know!!!!

  • Sue

    @eve: Ummm, you are a bit clueless.

  • brenda

    Eve you say Adam isn’t known outside US? You need to do a little research.

  • Michele


    You’re hilarious. You know nothing about Adam, so you shouldn’t talk. Adam is an international star. Right now he’s in Bali performing on NYE there. Then he’ll be in Viet Nam, Korea, several shows in Japan, Singapore, Russia, Manila, China, the Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, Finland, Bolaris, … and this is just until March.

    Also, he sang with QUEEN last summer in Kiev, Russia, Poland and the UK. It was voted the best live show of 2012.

    Don’t you feel stupid now?

  • Michele


    You shut the f up. Jerk.

  • *

    People need to stop valuing celebrities opinions so much whether we agree or not. But he is right on some points.

  • Bren

    @JP: JP, you ask who Adam is to be judging others’ singing ability — he’s a guy who spent years in musical theater, he’s a guy who out sang every one ever on the Idol stage, he’s the guy whose latest album was critically praised while debuting #1 on Billboard, he’s the guy who was asked by the remaining members of Queen to perform with them this past summer in six extremely well received shows. And he’s a guy who has the right to his opinion. And Jared — really ‘slams’ – poor choice of words.

  • Sarina

    He is 100% right. There are plenty of actors who can sing better. Why not cast them? It is distracting to hear pitch and tone issues. Marius had a fabulous voice and so did Eponine. But they are obviously trained singers and can act too. There are plenty of those out there. They should have cast them, or as Adam said have a recording to help them!

  • katie

    have adam ever heard of “keeping your opinions to yourself”?

  • Sue

    Thinking JJ is looking for some easy hits on website with his title and Adam’s name. The haters WILL come, and we Glamberts will support and defend. A bit desperate, Jared?
    Adam can speak his mind to his fans on Twitter. He does it often and he does it well. His opinion counts as much (OK maybe a little more) as anyone else’s. In this case he certainly knows the territory so I’m happy to hear his take on Les Mis.

  • Jeff


  • DLJ

    @Alaia: you are the idiot… he simply expressing his opinion.. freedom of speech you douche

  • dawn

    it doesn’t really make sense that he’s praising the actors in this film who ARE TERRIBLE SINGERS (aka Helena and Sacha) whilst saying that the rest can’t sing. almost all of these actors have musical theatre or music/performance experience. Eddie Redmayne has been singing for YEARS and sounds phenomenal. Aaron Tveit and Samantha Barks both have the talent and the experience. Hugh Jackman also has experience, though he’s not the best. Hathaway doesn’t have musical theatre experience (but she does sound great). The only other ones who really sound weak are Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried.
    Lambert is primarily a singer, not an actor, even if he does have previous theatre experience; you have to be able to act AND sing well, which, for the most part, everyone involved does.
    I respect his opinion if he doesn’t like it, but he shouldn’t be bashing on people saying that none of them can sing or perform well. I don’t like his music, but I don’t go around saying he’s a bad singer.
    the point is, it’s a FILM first and a musical second, and though I wish they’d hired more stage actors, I think for the most part they did pretty well.

  • janet2

    that photo of him is actually terrifying…

  • Kells

    @j: feel sorry for the horror that is you, …. Adam has been in theatre since he was 10 yrs. old… is trained in opera and is a global superstar , so the only who should sit down and shut up is you.

  • BB

    @Maria: hahahahahhahahaha… the man was chosen by Queen, they listened to him…. you are such a dork

  • http://@kmariquit kathleen mariquit

    I think he should sit down. Who do you think you are?

  • Sam


    Adam Lambert can actually sing better than Adele – any time in any day. Also, he knows what he is talking about.

  • Mary Olivia

    Adam has never learned to just shut-up and keep his opinions to himself. This critique coming from someone who needs the attention as his last album totally tanked ..he just honestly needs to stop taking himself so seriously because no one I know does

  • Phyllis

    Lousy dubbed voices have ruined many musical films. Would have to say the same for lousy singing actor’s voices. So have to agree with Mr. Lambert. My only question would be who should play those roles? Are there any wonderful actors/vocalists around now? Use to be. b

    But when you get right down to it, it’s about making money, and big names are needed for that. Have to admit in the 60 Minute coverage of Les Mis, the actors were impressive but the vocals sucked. Maybe some autotune would have been nice.

  • BB

    @eve: omg you are beyond stupid….he is a global superstar…. #1 in Germany,Finland ,Australia, China, Bali,Canada maybe check your facts so you don’t look like an ignorant fool.

  • LFo


    Wow! All the major venues. Has he won a Tony award? Emmy awards? The whole point of singing live was to feel and hear the emotion. And as for “Across the Universe” sounded a bit polished for live.

  • Whatever

    Here come all the Les Miz purists. Seriously. I have not seen the film, but to me it would be more realistic to have real voices to go with the real looks of the film. It’s not on a stage, but set in real life, so I would expect real people with not always perfect voices. Is he just bitter that he didn’t get a role? Or is he just a Les Miz snob? Who cares. I will be seeing it anyway. Everyone does have a right to an honest opinion though. I don’t think he should take crap for how he feels.

  • Jasmine

    My sentiments exactly after seeing Les Miserables, Adam critiqued the exact same as me! But then he’d know, because with his opera and Theatre background and amazing talent, he knows what he’s talking about! Anyone who says different is ignorant of talent!