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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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318 Responses to “Adam Lambert Slams 'Les Miserables' Cast's 'Pretend Singers'”

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  1. 1
    BEAN Says:

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

  2. 2
    Jolene Says:

    There will always be haters.

  3. 3
    Maria Says:

    He should listen to himself first.

  4. 4
    Deedz Says:

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

  5. 5
    Alaia Says:

    Anybody who looks like that shouldn’t be able to judge anyone or anything. Doúche.

  6. 6
    Dan Says:

    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.

  7. 7
    Marie Adams Says:

    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!

  8. 8
    BEAN Says:

    @Alaia: Looooooool right!!??

  9. 9
    mlm Says:

    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 **** others do and say and they in no way get criticized the way Adam does. Get a grip people!!

  10. 10
    JP Says:

    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?

  11. 11
    brenda Says:

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

  12. 12
    Mal Says:

    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.

  13. 13
    Mary Says:

    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.

  14. 14
    Lauriellen Says:

    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…

  15. 15
    BTIKM Says:

    @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

  16. 16
    mlm Says:

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

  17. 17
    Michele Says:

    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.

  18. 18
    eve Says:

    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.

  19. 19
    darlene Says:

    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

  20. 20
    Music Lover Says:

    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.

  21. 21
    darla Says:

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

  22. 22
    brenda Says:

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

  23. 23
    Michele Says:


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

  24. 24
    DemiTasse Says:

    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.

  25. 25
    j Says:

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

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