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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.”

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# 1

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

# 2

There will always be haters.

# 3

He should listen to himself first.

# 4

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

# 5

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

# 6

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
Marie Adams @ 12/30/2012 at 8:41 pm

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

@Alaia: Looooooool right!!??

# 9

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!!

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?

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

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.
http://www.muzu.tv/sonisphereuk/emas-directors-cut-queen-adam-lambert-medley-music-video/1301537/

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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 @ 12/30/2012 at 8:45 pm

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.

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

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

@Alaia:

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

DemiTasse @ 12/30/2012 at 8:48 pm

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.

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

@brenda: his experience certainly doesn’t show LOL

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

@eve: Ummm, you are a bit clueless.

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

@eve:

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?

@j:

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.

@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.

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!

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

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.

ADAM IS SO RIGHT. IT IS A MUSICAL!!! THEY REALLY SHOULD HAVE CAST BETTER SINGERS!!!!

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

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.

that photo of him is actually terrifying…

@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.

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

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

@JP:

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

Mary Olivia @ 12/30/2012 at 9:04 pm

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

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.

@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.

@Michele:

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.

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.

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!

@eve: Don’t know where you’ve been, but he is very well know outside of the US. In fact he gets more support from overseas than he does in his own country. He has also had hit singles in the states and overseas.

Jared I am really disappointed in that headline. You distorted (big time) a long series of OPINIONS, many of which said positive things about the performers and the emotional impact of the movie. You must have known you would unleash a flood of haters, you had to know. It’s obvious those performers were chosen because for film, you must have names and the camera must like them. In any case, if someone is a singer with experience on the stage, wouldn’t you imagine his perspective would be different from the average moviegoer’s? AND these were opinions. Ya know, everyone is entitled to them.

@Alaia: I agree with you. I wouldn’t ever bother to listen to someone who looks like him. He’s looks absolutely ridiculous.

@j: And you’re just a douche!!

Adam should have done his research before slamming everyone on his twitter account. It just makes him seem petty and egotistical. His entitled to his own opinions but back it up with some knowledge. Each actor in the film has had some musical training and did for film. Hugh and Samantha have broadway experience with Samantha even playing the same role.

britt madison @ 12/30/2012 at 9:25 pm

He bashed the movie for the singing but then went ahead and said like 3/4 of the casts singing was good? and then when ERW chimed in he began making exceptions to his statement and kissing butt? Please.

@JP: @JP:Adam Lambert is far better than Adele so don’t go there! He is the greatest vocalist of our times! He has a theater background and knows voice better than anyone else in the music industry. You might disagree with Adam, but stop the slam and know what you are talking about. Ad am has a right to his opinion as you and I have a right to one. I agree with Adam!

@katie: @Mary Olivia: And when have we started evaluating vocalists by the way they look. The premise of The Voice was to prevent image bias. That being said, Adam Lambert is certainly one of the most handsome and talented men to have ever graced a stage.

He has a huge ego that´s for sure , but he doen´t know anything about movies.

@BEAN: What exactly about his looks do you refer? Handsome, sexy. But, perhaps, you are also homophobic and simply dislike him because he’s gay. Right?

@dawn: @kathleen mariquit: He’s Adam Lambert that’s who!! And you should sit down and shut up, because you are a nobody!!

@V: If you really read what Adam said, you would not be so ignorant in your comment! This was a musical opera, which calls for real singers and not performers playing at singing! The emotion of the story is told through the music and deserved the best singers conveying the story. It would have been easier to find singers that can also act, than performers that cannot sing!!

@Mary:

My Fair Lady was case with Audrey Hepburn and not the astounding actress/vocalist Julie Andrews who did the role on Broadway. And non-vocalist Natalie was cast as Maria in West Side Story as Maria instead of the Carol Lawrence who made role famous on Broadway. Both movies suffered even though other singers were dubbed in…

Either get excellent singers or don’t make a musical. Bravo Mr. Lambert for speaking the truth.

@Anne: Since when does a persons looks have anything to do with the way they sing!! You sound like a conceited snob!! By the way he is gorgeous!!

@Anne: shallow…. judging on looks?? look in the mirror…..

@katie: but why should he keep his opinion to himself? no one on here is!!!!

@criss: ignorant….. look up his credentials…. and who are you anyway… like you anything about it….. geez…..moron

Heroineinprogress @ 12/30/2012 at 9:40 pm

He’s critical among them because he’s a singer and is a big fan of les mis. I understand why he pinpointed on the singing part because when you’re a singer, you come to loooove the songs of the musical even more and more then you sing it in the showers. He’s entitled with an option that the singing didnt give him any justice, fine. Besides, it is a MUSICAL afterall. and Les Mis is one of the shows with great great ost. So I understand. that’s all. No need to fry him.

Poor Lambert. He’s just pissed because no one asked him and his fright wig to be in a movie.

Wow, the guy has the guts to give his opinion and a lot of ugly nuts sure come out….. guess that is what you were looking for with your misleading headline JJ… disappointing….

First of all, let me start by saying that it’s obvious Adam is an extremely talented vocalist and has the background and training that makes him qualified to offer his opinion about the singing in Les Miz. However, as many people have pointed out, this is first and foremost a Hollywood film. Of course it’s not going to be exactly like the stage production – that’s impossible. Film is an entirely different ball game. The director is not only responsible for finding talented singers, but actors who are capable of expressing emotion and carrying the film. They not only have to fit the aesthetic that the film is going for, but they also have to have chemistry with one another.
So, while Adam no doubt knows what he’s talking about in terms of singing, he has to realize that this is completely new territory for Les Miz. Adapting musicals for film is going to require sacrifices here and there, that’s just the nature of the industry. And while Adam can certainly sing, from what I’ve seen of his guest appearances on television, his acting leaves something to be desired. Therefore, it’s clear he may need to get a few more years in the industry under his belt before he fully understands the music world versus the film world.
And @Phyllis? Let’s not even play that card. Adam being gay was never implied in @BEAN’s statements, and for that to be your go-to assumption says more about you than it does of them.
On a shallow note, though, I have to completely agree with Adam’s statement about Aaron Tveit – he really was amazing in the film. Definitely one of the strongest and definitely someone to keep your eye on.

@barbls:
At the end of the day are they not all performers? You’re clearly a massive fan of Adams with such a restricted view claiming that Adams “the greatest vocalists of our time.” So I shant bother debating this further.

why does everyone keep calling it/comparing it to an opera? there is a HUGE difference between an opera and a musical.

@LFo:

Awards really don’t mean sh*t, ya know. Lots of people have won them that are jokes. However, he was nominated for a Grammy award. Being decorated with awards doesn’t mean you’re more talented than anyone else, although it SHOULD. But it’s all crap. Anyway, the bottom line here is that Adam went to see a movie. He was less than impressed with the vocals of the performers of an OPERA. He has a right to his opinion. Let him be.

I think Adam is really talented (i’m not a fan of his music but his voice is great). but saying he’s “the greatest vocalist of out time”, “knows how to sing/perform than anyone else” etc etc are ridiculous. yeah the guy is talented, but so are millions of other people. i have a background in musical theatre but i don’t think that means that i know more about how to perform than others, especially in a film. just because a person has a background in theatre and music doesn’t mean they know everything about it. he’s obviously entitled to his opinion, as are ALL of us commenting, but I don’t know why he couldn’t just say that he didn’t like it–he was overly dramatic about, as most of the people commenting on this are.

@DemiTasse: “hi”, i am replying to your answer on adam’s thoughts & opinions. Yes,demi, iam agreeing with you on what adam said. Tioday i finally got to see “Les Miserable” and loved the music and the acting! And yes, it is an opera,as to how adam possibly sees it his way. It also depends on how you look at it,in a different point of view. And quite possibly on how the academy awards people might think abou it,when the oscar night rolls around! Adam just has a “big ” mouth! Please! But then again i could be wrong! Christine conley

Dear Adam Lambert,

Hugh Jackman has won a Tony Award. So odd an actor who was just “pretending” to be singing could win one of those! Maybe you should contest the award & ask that it instead be given to give it to someone who “could actually sound good.”

So Adam still has time to watch Les Miserables eventhough right now he is “in a worldly paradise” (Bali) and has gig tonight at New Years Eve ??? He must be bored then… Hope he still enjoys his time in Bali though before going to Vietnam…

Maybe tinkerbell should just shut up.

Just like you, he’s entitled to his opinion – and, considering his experience in the musical world, his is a lot more valid than yours/

@Mary: @Dan:
It was written as a musical….it’s not an opera, there is a difference.

Isn’t Adam Lambert on a workholiday on paradise island Bali right now? Adam just enjoy Bali and your gig tonight New Years Eve in that exclusive hotel and leave les miserables to us.

Take your own advice.

Wow adam lambert you sure get a lot of mean, hateful comments when you just give your honest critique of a movie. Such a shame ppl are rude

DISAGREE completely with this moron. The film was amazing and I LOVED that they sang live! Hugh Jackman came from Broadway, Eddie Redmayn has won a freaking Tony Award! Anne Hathaway is a better singer than actress (take into account that she is getting Oscar buzz) and everyone else was amazing!…I don’t understand how this guy is even famous…didn’t he not even win the outdated show of American Idol?

adam needs to shut the fcuk up. Everyone has musical backgrounds. And he is an American Idol has-been.
hugh jackman: tony award winner
aaron tveit: nyc broadway star
samantha barks: london west end star
eddie redmayne: tony award winner
amanda seyfried: sings and writes her own music/starred in mamma mia
helena bonham carter & sacha baron cohen: starred in sweeney todd together
daniel huddlestone: played gavroche in west end production
isabelle allen: first film, did musical theatre at school
Russell crowe: sang lead vocals for his own band and recorded music professionally! he may have not had as much range as everyone else, but he has musical experience.

I’m disgusted by all of the comments about Adam’s sexuality….he is a human being with feelings. He’s not talking about anything that should warrent comments about his sexuality, he’s voicing his opinion about a movie he watched.

Jared, I’m suprised that you stooped so low with your headline.

Amanda Seyfried is trained in opera singing.

@<a Adam is known and has performed all over the world including recently in South Africa and China. He has toured in the U.S., Japan, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Philippines, Malaysia, Scandanavia, Europe and the UK with sold out shows. He fronted for Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen last summer in 6 shows in the Ukraine, Poland, Russia and the UK. I don't think he was slamming the movie; just giving his opinion.

Adam’s just jealous he wasn’t cast as one of the prostitutes.

@dawn:
It sounds like you’re saying you respect Adam’s opinion you just don’t want him to voice it. Also, you seem to basically agree with Adam on which actors were not very good with the singing aspect, so why are you complaining about his opinion? I think maybe Adam chose a poor choice of words with his first tweet calling them “pretend” singers because that’s where the media has decided to frame this into a viral gossip piece. I like that Adam is never afraid to voice his opinion, very refreshing!

I don’t know who this Adam person is, but I have to agree. My husband and I walked out after about 30 minutes into the movie. Couldn’t take it anymore.

@JP: Who are you to be slamming his opinion. Huh?

Les Miserables was not written as an opera, it’s a novel by Voctor Hugo. Get your facts straight before making comments please. Has anyone here even see the original film? I doubt it!

I totally agree with Adam! thanks for your courage to point out the obvious.

I think the point of the musical and the story is being missed. These actors did not have to be great singers. It was about the realism and the emotion. The imperfections just made it more accessible. I thought it was amazing!

@j.taylor
I think he should have expressed that he didn’t like the film, i don’t think he should’ve been bashing everyone and calling them “pretend singers” when many of them have equal or more experience than he does.
Adam said that he liked Helena and Sacha, who were the worst singers in the show. I don’t get why he went and called them “pretend singers” and then went on to praise most of them, which was completely contradictory.

I think it’s so funny that these people who are criticizing Adam Lambert’s opinions haven’t even seen the movie yet. What a bunch of douche bags you all are. Go away!

RealityBytes @ 12/30/2012 at 10:43 pm

I agree I saw the movie this weekend and i was REALLY disappointed with some of the actors singing I wanted my money back so bad! I think. I am not an Adam Lambert fan but I do know that guy can sing! Also you don’t have to be a Theater or singing expert to know what is good singing and yeah Les Miz was PAINFUL! I 2 thumbs down

@amanda: oh whoppies with all your dumb list of awards… Queen, Led Zepplin, Elvis Presley, Jimmi Hendrix never won any awards…. awards don’t mean anything your silly goose. He’s just stating his opinion, my goodness it doesn’t take much to get you riled up and frothing at the mouth LOL

sarafersure @ 12/30/2012 at 10:46 pm

Does it really matter what Adam thinks? I personally LOVE Adam – but that’s NOT the point. The point is that he has an opinion and he stated it rather nicely. This is coming down to because he’s famous his opinion matters, I’m sure he’s not the only one in the world who thought that way of les mis. You all act like when people are famous they can’t have opinions and to all you bashing Adam on his talent, that’s not the point. This isn’t about Adam’s talent. This isn’t even about anything besides to make him and whoever else has an opinion look bad. Grow up. I’m surprised Jared, that you actually posted something so silly. It shouldn’t matter, and it doesn’t. People have the right to opinions and just because they’re famous doesn’t mean that changes. Come on every one. It’s just a movie and an opinion. No one’s bashing your opinions on movies.

First off it’s Le Mis not Le Miz! Second everyone can say what they think and I saw it today and I have seen the stage production and I think he is a little of base. It was heart felt and amazing! I would not have changed one person! People are saying Russell and I think that’s insane. Their are plenty of great singers who could not have acted the way this movie needed…but that’s just what I think…

Eddie Redmayne is one of my favourites in the cast, But Uh to all the people commenting that he’s has won a Tony clearly don’t know that it wasn’t for a musical. The Tonys are not musical-exclusive people.

The truth Hurts @ 12/30/2012 at 10:53 pm

Who the hell does this creepy ugly washed up loser think he is. Nobody really gives a damn about your music anymore. You had one hit song and that was it. Go fade to obscurity like the other American Idol rejects out there.

There were musicals (The King and I) or films with music who became successful or well-known because although actors were cast, they were dubbed by singers. Not all actors are good singers and not all singers are good actors (case in point, Rock of Ages the film). To avoid all the technical backlash, it could probably be as logical as letting singers to the singing. I don’t know, because this post ruins the movie. He could have at least waited for the film to end its run? I know everyone is subject to their opinion but this film was anticipated and while I’m no fan of Adam or Les Mis, this dampened my hopes a bit as with all the publicity going on, this has to be worth it, which may go to show that hiring a cast of majority prominent actors and rising stars would hold the expectations of people. Giving his say is brave but the timing could have been wiser.

How many people bought his last album to hear his cabaret singing voice he vaunts about so much?

Adam then stated he grew up with this musical and his expectation was quite high, he’ entitled to his opinion , if you disagree,that’s ok… just don’t be such mean insulting douches about it, makes you all look very very small… but then I guess that comes naturally for some here. Good on ya Adam! Look at all the people who know what you said, it must matter or they wouldn’t use their time to comment….lol…

First of all, Adam Lambert did not SLAM the movie, he critiqued it. Big difference. And since when is an artist with musical experience and training not allowed to give an educated OPINION on something? Some of you people amaze me by your inability to accept different opinions without getting personal and nasty. Ugh.

Could be worse. Simon could have tweeted his thoughts. ;)

Adam hasn’t been getting a lot of media attention lately , here is your 5 minutes of fame

Everybody who is getting their panties in a twist because Adam said they were pretending to be singers, should wake up and realize that what he said was not offensive. They are actors and they were acting. They weren’t singers. He is allowed to express his opinion that he would have preferred there be singers and not just actors. He also praised them as great actors and said it was”Visually impressive w great Emotional performances” How is that a slam? It isn’t! The media is just trying to stir up trouble and create controversy.

@Vanessa: Haha, so true!

@Ali: I agree, Ali.

Going to see the movie tomorrow and if anyone can critique this movie, it should be Adam Lambert. No better live singer on the planet. That is neither an exaggeration or understatement.

Hugh Jackman may have won a Tony but it wasn’t for this role – Jean Valjean is a very demanding role, and Lambert isn’t the only one to point out that this wasn’t Jackman’s best performance. It’s not necessarily a direct critique of him – he may not have been right for the role. Having theater experience and a little training isn’t enough – Les Miserables has a very demanding score, and any long term fan would want a film production to do it justice.

Given his background in musical theater I think Lambert probably knows better than most that there are tons of stage singers out there who could have done a better job with the music and probably could have handled the acting as well, but Hollywood is more interested in big names and famous faces than they are in great singing.

Judy Lushman @ 12/30/2012 at 11:16 pm

Adam has worked in theatre all of his life before he was signed on by Sony as a solo artist. So, I think he knows what he is talking about. Btw, everyone is allowed to voice their opinion. Why not Adam.

victorhugo @ 12/30/2012 at 11:19 pm

@Karen:

Right!! Too bad!! They got You! the real prostitute instead.

Tinybluemoon @ 12/30/2012 at 11:22 pm

Doesn’t this movie star Hugh Jackman? You know, the best male lead in a musical tony winner Hugh Jackman? I think I will take his word on musical theater over this auto tuned, trying to be a mix between Bowie and that brat from Tokyo hotel nobody any day, thank you very much….

I am a huge, long-time fan of the show and I personally admired the way Hooper let the film be more about the characters and embodying the story than perfect singing. This is a movie, not a stage show, and it was sung live to capture the authentic emotion of the songs and to tell the story in a naturalistic way. The idea that they should have gone to a recording studio so it could sound like some packaged pop album instead is just missing the point.

I think he is too biased coming from a theater background when it came to this movie. Sure, they could have picked primarily on their voices and secondary on their acting skills but I think Tom Hopper wanted it more raw and emotional. I saw Les Mis on stage earlier this year and it was amazing. I also thought the movie was amazing but with a different feeling. Sure there were notes that could have been better but emotion/story wise? I think they completed that goal.

However leaving the movie, my boyfriend commented on how he didn’t like Russell Crowe’s voice. Poor Russell and everyone feeling the same haha. I Thought he was good but definitely wasn’t as intense with his singing as the character of Javert should be (if that makes sense?) I was NOT a fan of Amanda Seyfried’s singing though. Good thing she didn’t sing a lot. But yeah, Javert sings a lot they could have picked someone else. Eddie Redmayne and the rest of the guys from the barricade were great too!

I can understand where Adam is coming from. There were a couple times during the movie where the singing was a little off, but the people who made the movie were probably put in an impossible position. They needed the big name actors to draw the people to see the movie. If they had hired excellent singers who few people have heard of, it might have been a harder sell. I did love the movie though, and think that most of the cast did a great job!!

These “pretend singers” just landed number 1 on billboard. hmmm. How many times have you landed number 1 on billboard as a “true singer.” Lordie. Get over yourself!

They probably shouldn’t have sang it live but helped out in the studio. None of them are singers and it does take away from the experience when the singing is poor. Hugh Jackman is not a singer. And what were they thinking having Crowe sing?? Hugh Jackman is a hit or miss actor. Come on now Wolverwine anyone?

@Rebecca: I meant Les Mis and Les Miz… Oops!!

Oh no, the haters are coming out of the woodwork again………

All these old ladies with their old lady panties in a twist because they think Lambert slighted their hack Jackman. LOL!!!

Sorry but Jackman should be named Hackman. FYI you old grannies Jackman could care less about you.

@Rebecca: umm Rebecca you forgot to change your username when you were responding to yourself pretending to be many different posters. LOL!! LOSER!

Are people actually debating that someone who has never stepped foot on Broadway or the west end or ANYWHERE where theater is recognized and prestigiously regarded as having more knowledge of it then a man who has preformed on every famous stage venue in the world, has not only won a tony but has hosted them not one but three times, is beloved by the theater community and most importantly is wolverine? I don’t think I wanna live on this planet anymore….

@Kiko: ok Kiko I’ll give you the rope. Sorry but it sucked. Jackman and Crowe sucked.

@Kiko: Many other respected critics say the same thing but only ADAM gets in trouble! Like having a milion annoying siblings blaming u 4 everything

@eve: Wish I never clicked on your comment! But I did- You know absolutely nothing about this beautiful talented man- BTW- he blow david bowie out of the atmophere with his vocals and charisma!

@Pete:

1.Maybe we are just smart enough not to get on the wrong side of the Wolverine ;)
2. Even at almost 50 he is A LOT more attractive then that Bill Kaulitz, Opps, sorry Adam Lambert. And I say this as an 18 year old.
3. I saw a boy from oz and Hugh Jackman held a note for 37 seconds, 37 FREAKIN SECONDS – I’ve yet to see Adam Lambert do that.

@eve: Eve I see your always bashing adam in other blogs as well- get a life- Adam is a wonderful human being- unlike you- What’s your problem?

Adam is right, but should watch what he says. Russel Crowe was awful and it seems he couldn’t even act because of the singing. Hugh Jackman was fabulous to me because he could sing and his acting was great. I though Hugh stood out. I’m a huge Glambert and do agree with Adam although I wasn’t as impressed with Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as he was. I hate how Hollywood always does this….they give non-singers roles in musicals to sell more tickets. Mama Mia was terrible that way and so was Rock of Ages putting Cruise in there.

As musical theatre lovers we get tired of great singers being passed over. Eponene was very good I might add.

He is a much better singer than Adele…sorry. And he can outsing just about anyone in this cast. But that’s not the point. Hollywood loves to cast big names who sing ok and throw in a few great singers. It’s not unusual.

I totally agree with you. You are spot on as is Adam. Adam is just voicing his opinion, but of course America doesn’t want to hear the truth. I wish sometimes he wouldn’t say anything.

@glamity58: He can sing anyone of them in the cast. But yes to your point they will cast big time actors and not singers but to Adam Lambert’s point they should have taken the voices to the studio.

@Mary:
it’s not an opera, it’s an operetta, there is a HUGE difference. It doesn’t follow the opera style at all. Just because something is entirely sung through doesn’t make it an opera

@Karen:
What an ignorant remark from a f**king ignorant troll!!!

Okay, I understand Adams Tweet.. I don’t agree with it, but I understand it.
But WTF was Evan Rachel Wood doing shoving herself into it? She is so beyond irrelavent and uncool, anyways, she is still bitter about getting rejected for the part of Eponine.

@adamrules:

How is he a great person? He copies and steals everything he does and wears from a 22 year old German boy, and then bags him out in public. I don’t usually get involved in his threads because he is the scum between my toes, but seriously as to quote Daniel Radcliffe Entertainers should stick to doing what they do and let others get on with their jobs.
Adam knows nothing of what it’s like to film a movie where you sing live (The sound of music didn’t for the record) and act at the same time. It is the hardest thing to do in entertainment, that’s why so few movies do it. In Theater you do a scene once and then move on. When you sing live for a film you do the scene over and over and over again because the camera has to capture you from different angles. So while it may seem to be one song sung consecutive it has actually been sung dozens of times and smacked together to form one scene. Hard, hard thing, I would never want to do it. These a very brave actors and actresses and should be applauded.
Adam Lambert knows nothing of filming a normal movie let alone one such as this. THAT is why he doesn’t get an opinion, because he has no idea what he is talking about, or what it’s like to sing the same song 12 hours a day for how many days it take for the director to be happy while having to display that much emotion simultaneously.
so NO ADAM LAMBERT IS IGNORANT, HE HAS NO IDEA! STUPID BOY!

I completely agree with him. He is entitled to his opinion and its a good one. Having some training in theater doesn’t mean they can handle the music of Les Miserables. And the majority of the actors in it, couldn’t handle it.

I am tired to death of reading “its real and it shows the emotions” because that to me is a slam on theater and Broadway, that THROUGH the singing show those emotions and the realism of the pain that they are going through.

The did not do the music justice, and in fact, the lacking of the proper tone, of crazy vibrato everywhere, of not hitting the right notes, all added up to being distracting and hindering the story.

But to each their own. Some people enjoyed it which is their right. I guess I just appreciate the musical aspect of the show to be satisfied with the movie version. So thank you Adam for that opinion, I agree.

So according to him and most of you commenators, film/stage actors with musical backgrounds aren’t “singers”, yet somehow think a singer like Adam can judge it when he’s not even an actor. Sure, he has theater training, so do a lot of people=that doesn’t mean they’re in anyway qualified to call someone a “pretend singer”. he’s been in musicals and performed on stage, he doesn’t know anything about film -it’s a completely different medium.

I agree with Lambert. Many movie musicals have less than stellar vocal performances.

HUGH JACKMAN SUCKS BILL KAULITZ. BILL WHO YOU ASK? YEAH i KNOW THAT’S WHAT EVERYONE SAYS. LOL!!

@lindsey: you’re an idiot. If you’re going to make statements about Adams career at least know what you are talking about.

@JBERM: Adam’s album Trespassing debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart FYI. He was the first out artist to have a #1 album.

DEAR KAULITZ FANS GO AWAY! NO ONE LIKES YOU AND NO ONE IN THE US EVER HEAR OF KAULITZ. HE IS A BIG FAT NOBODY!

@Tinybluemoon:

You realize this is a bit like saying that “Death Becomes Her” is a good movie because Meryl Streep won the Oscar for her role in “Silkwood”? What on earth does Jackman’s Tony for “The Boy from Oz” have to do with his performance in “Les Miserables”? The roles of Peter Allen and Jean Valjean are not remotely similar and have very different demands. The fact that he did well in one role doesn’t mean that the other is a slam dunk. A lot of people have been saying that this is not a great performance from him, not just Lambert (who didn’t actually single any one actor out, by the way, except to praise Anne Hathaway).

@Tinybluemoon: For all of you tone deaf a**’s He does not use auto tune… that would be you’re special snowflakes that use it!!!!

Aunt Esther @ 12/31/2012 at 12:15 am

First, I would like to see Adam take a major Broadway role – we know he can sing but can he act. Movies like Les Miz required actors that can do both. In regards to Les Miz, please know children that your Aunty has seen the Broadway and London show many times. The movie version is a beautiful piece of film making. Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne were amazing and deserve supporting role Oscars – both have incredible voices and are great actors. Samantha Barks was also very good as Eponine. I was pleasantly surprised that Amanda Seyfried could sing on key, even if her shrill sounded a bit like Glinda the Good Witch of the North. Hugh Jackman did a fine job – he could not play this role on Broadway but did a great job on film. That was the good, children. The bad? Helen Bonham Carter was awful – she already proved that she could not sing in Sweeney Todd. I love me some S.B. Cohen but I don’t think he did enough justice to this scene-stealing character. Helen and Sacha would have been criticized more if not for Russell Crowe. Oooh Child, this was a terrible casting decision. I know you want star power but, with all the other big names, Javert needed a big, deep, and strong voice to go along with some acting. Problem is – Mr. Crowe CANNOT SING. So much so, that any scene that he was in – and there were plenty – had the life sucked out of it by his significantly meager voice. Mr. Hooper, this was the one big mistake in what was otherwise a beautifully done movie.

@Kiko: Hey dummy. Lambert took to twitter and made a couple of 144 character or less statements. He didn’t do a dissertation on the subject. Lay of the smack sweetheart it’s frying your brain. It aint’ that deep.

I do not agree with Adam Lambert. He may look on Les Mis as an Opera but all the stage showings were never produced or advertised as Operas. They were musicals and cast accordingly. I thought the casting of the film was very good and although they may have been actors first and singers second the cast all did an excellent job. For me the stand out performances were Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne. Russell Crowe made a good Javert as good as some who have done the stage version. I have seen this musical, and I really believe it to be a musical, on stage with four different casts and I rate the actors in this movie version as good, if not better, than some who did the stage version. I also rated Helena Bonham Carter and Baron Sacha Cohen as the Innkeepers to be the second best to those who did the stage version. Where I saw this movie the packed audience spontaneously burst into applause at the end of the movie.
The public are the ones who make a movie, stage play,stage musical etc a hit, not the so called “critics”.

So I guess singers who get movie roles aren’t pretending to be actors as well?

All you old ladies got your knickers in a bunch defending your precious Hugh Jackman because Adam Lambert sent out a couple of tweets on twitter and Jared decided to write a whole article based on it? You Grannies seriously need a hobby. How about knitting?

What a disappointment in Jackm @ 12/31/2012 at 12:22 am

Hugh Jackman’s vocal is such a disappointment. I thought he would be a better singer given his Broadway experience. But no. He is even worse than Crowe. His horrid vibrato is very distracting.

Okay this whole “Adam can out-sing everyone in this cast/the world!!!” comments need to stop. Some of the actors in this film have absolutely INCREDIBLE voices (for example, Redmayne, Tveit, and Barks). Adam has an incredible voice too, but saying he can “out-sing” anyone really doesn’t mean anything. It’s all subjective; their voices are all completely different, you can’t judge them in the same way. They’re all – for the most part – incredibly talented singers, and comparing them to each other is just ridiculous. You may like Adam’s voice; I may not. That doesn’t mean either is untalented, nor that either is better than another.

@jess: Did someone steal your meds!! This B Kaulitz crap is getting really old. I don’t think Adam even knows or cares if he even exists anymore. Kaulitz is not a fashion icon and the clothes he wears are not one of a kind or that he is the only one that styles his hair a certain way. Also, why not take a shower and get rid of the scum between your toes douche!!

Oh Adam, you should criticize no one with that awful hair. I will agree on this: Russell Crowe can’t sing and they should’ve re-recorded the songs for the soundtrack. Other than that, everyone was good.

I read Les Miserables and watched the film, but not a musical. I was very disappointed with the film as it failed to show how love changed Jean Valjean, which is the very core of the original story. Maybe French revolution, young lovers, etc. make good musical spectacle but they are only side stories. The film (and maybe the musical?) omitted too important parts and now you cannot tell what the story is about.

Disagree with his statements. Adam’s being a douche bag.

marguerite @ 12/31/2012 at 1:32 am

Absolutely. Dream girls was good because of the singing. Funny Girl was good because of the singing. The Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland was good because of the singing. This Les Miserables was forgettable, and the singing (as Adam accurately pointed out) was distracting, except for a few cases. I am tired of Hollywood putting out recycled crap and calling it art. They have ruined Les Miserables for me.

@JP: he’s someone with one of the best voices in the business today. so his opinion actually does hold more weight than others. sorry, it’s just the truth

@eve: You must just make stuff up. Adam is VERY WELL KNOWN outside the US, in fact he is a global superstar. At this very minute he is performing in Bali for NYE and the tickets start at $700 US dollars. I’d say he has made it.

celestial thoughts @ 12/31/2012 at 1:49 am

So? Jealous, biotch? You just wanted to wear Marie Antoinette’s clothes.

celestial thoughts @ 12/31/2012 at 1:51 am

@celestial thoughts: I do agree he’s very talented and gorgeous but he is also very arrogant and hoity toity.

Starrburst @ 12/31/2012 at 1:55 am

Seriously!!!! Are you such a saint that you have never had a bad comment about a movie? There are lots of movies that i dont like. Does that make me a bad person??

Starrburst @ 12/31/2012 at 1:58 am

And who are you to be judging him?? He never said that he was better. You are just making your own assumptions. Have you never watched a movie that you didnt like? Seriously!!

Starrburst @ 12/31/2012 at 2:02 am

Havent any of you ever watched a movie you didnt like? He wasnt being nasty. Its just a movie that he didnt like. Get over it!!

Starrburst @ 12/31/2012 at 2:05 am

You should do your research before slamming him. Are people in America not allowed to comment on a movie. Is it Illegal?

Starrburst @ 12/31/2012 at 2:08 am

And i suppose you are the most beatiful person in the world right? How can you be so nasty to someone who simply doesnt like a movie. Do you like every movie you have ever waatched?

Starrburst @ 12/31/2012 at 2:09 am

He doesnt have a big mouth. He has an opinion just like everyone else in this world

Luvglitta @ 12/31/2012 at 2:12 am

I am truly horrified!! I cannot believe that you can be nasty and call someone names because they commented on a damn movie. Do you want to tell me that all of you are saints and have never had anything bad to say about a movie??? Seriously!

OMG!!! Come on. Adam commented on a movie. Everybody in the world comments on movies. All of you that i have said nasty things about Adam,. Next time you watch a movie and dont like it, just remember what your comments were.

@jess: i haven’t timed it so idk how long he holds a note but i found this pretty impressive. plus he was just 22 here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJYyqzUr6jU (Brigadoon)

Musical theater nerds like myself would agree with him. Most of the people that don’t agree with him have never even seen the musical on stage. They have no clue what it’s actually SUPPOSED to sound like.

Adam should be more focused on making a decent song before he gets dropped from his label. His last album and all the singles bombed.

Saying Adam was “slamming” it is overkill for shock value. He just gave his credible, professional, personal opinion of which he is entitled, like anyone else.I’ve seen Les Miz 7 times, primarily for the music. Hollywood will market a movie for the masses that go for the celebrity, special effects and a relateable story line. Anne Hathaway and the actress that played Eponine were up to the acting and vocal challenge, as were some others. Russell Crow is a fine actor, but not vocally powerful enough for this role.Adam is extremely generous in his support of other artists and this wasn’t a personal “slam “to anyone, just an educated opinion with media jumping on it, making a mountain out of a molehill.It’s a MUSICal after all. Peace, people

Adam Lambert is right, there are plenty of actors out there who can sing better, some of them even have successful careers as actors and singers (Jared Leto for example).
So why did they cast Russel Crowe??? He was horrible

Who the F*#! is Adam Lambert? And why does he look like a gay 80′s rockstar vampire?

Adam’s earrings are too tight.

Mr. Lambert expressed his informed opinion. Where’s the drama? Who is offended? Hollywood has long been a “decadent Titanic.” Its production brainwashing. In “Les Miserables” 2012 commercial art is a compromise. That is clear. So listen man with extraordinary vocal range. From Eastern Europe last night I tweeted to Bali. I support Mr. Lambert. Why did American pop music has released “Russell Crowe”?

Don’t we all comment on films we’ve seen on twitter; everybody has a right to their opinion. And you don’t have to like Adam’s music, or Adam, to recognise he has an amazing and well trained voice. Denying the range and control he has just makes you look stupid. He doesn’t need autotune. And like I said, you don’t have to like him, or his music or even his voice but to say Adam can’t sing takes a lot of credibility out of your comment.

And given his vocal training and talent he probably can’t help but to pay attention to the singing. There’s plenty of great actors with incredible voices and I’m pretty sure after his years in musical theatre Adam knows a few personally. But then again it’s only natural big names get casted even if they’re not the best fit for the role. They bring people to the cinemas and bring in he money. And it’s a film first and foremost. So the acting is the first priority.

its a musical?

I absolutely agree with Adam. I thought it was really tough to listen to Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. The sub-par singing ruined the movie for me.

So its OK for him to be acting? He HAS done Broadway before he was famous. Sit the F down you ‘pretend actor’

you know what
I am SO with Adam.
and just FYI,he’s an actor of Musical b4 the American Idol thing so I think he’s got something right about this.

A lot of actors sing live in Musical movies,like Evan in Across the Universe,and Joaquin & Reese in Walk the line,they did it well. their singing were not distracting at all. tbh,Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman sound SO awful when you listen to the Original Soundtrack,also,Amanda Seyfried sounds so weird,She’s got a beautiful voice but not for something like LM the Opera. It’s harsh,but TRUE.

Terrible Twos @ 12/31/2012 at 6:47 am

Wow people are getting pretty passionate about this. I don’t have time to read all the comments but just wanted to say I saw this movie with my family this weekend and we all enjoyed it very much. I actually liked the way the songs sounded, call me crazy, but it was a nice movie.

everyone is entitled to their own opinion but adam must not know that the majority of the cast has singing experience/theatre experience including Russel Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Anne Hathaway(who is a trained stage actress).

Plus singing live in a film is probably completely different from singing on stage as on stage you need to project your voice whereas in film you probably don’t

@Daisy: people forget that singing on stage is not the same as singing in film so obviously the songs aren’t going to sound the same.its a different atmosphere in film than on stage

Eriskay Cavan @ 12/31/2012 at 7:22 am

If it’s billed as a musical, that;s what you should expect. I haven’t seen the movie so I cannot personally make a comment about it. However, Adam Lambert has a strong background in musical theater, and he knows what he he likes as an artist and personally. . It was his opinion, that’s all. I know it was given honestly.

Do you remember My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn? That was Marnie Nixon’s voice dubbed in. And the movie was great because of it. I’ll take note of Adam’s critique any day. He knows what he’s talking abo

@eve:

Adam is really famous in Europe too, I know a lot of Hungarian Glamsters ;)
I really like his voice and Never Close Our Eyes is one of the best songs of this decade.
Adam is a talented and kind guy, he just expressed his opinion in a proper way, everyone should accept it whether agree or disagree with it. And not to mention how some people pull his looks or his sexual orientation her – it is so childish. Grow up, haters.

Merlin's Mum @ 12/31/2012 at 9:05 am

@eve: Umm? He is not ‘unknown outside of the US’ I’m in London and we know him here, believe me!. To be honest, I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I was surprised at their choices of actors and actresses for this movie. I’m hoping to see it next week.

He’s entitled to his opinion. The only issue I have with his statement is don’t name any names. The fact that he named half of the cast as great singers negates his overall remark.

@eve:
Not known outside the US? he did an international tour with his last album, traveled the world promoting his new album and is currently in Indonesia preforming

this from a guy who screams songs and lost a lousy music competition – his 15 minutes are up and now he needs publicity! he’s a caricature. loves how the ‘hags’ always defend him! LOL

I’m a huge fan of Lambert, but sometimes he can be a real b!tch. He needs to back it up a notch and realize he is not the only talented singer out there.

Well I guess through a process of elimination we can see who he did NOT approve of. Maybe he thinks he should have been hired?

An Incomplete History of Les Miserables: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-vCwLY8DWg

He’s just saying that so he can be in the next musical flick…

Oh Adam, so lame !

Poor talentless clown, the only one ‘singer’ in the world who don’t know that Hooper’s Les Miserables is a movie not the play, two different things and it’s with this in mind that must be watched and judged, comparisons with any theatrical version doesn’t make sense. Hooper did not want mannerisms and theatrical virtuosity for his movie, he asked for realism. There are a lot of technical differences between a stage musical and the cinematic equivalent, because what works in theatre cannot work in a movie. In a motion-picture adaptation it’s important to hear the emotion and acting they put in to their singing, which is something that can transform a song from that of a recording artist, to that of an actor. Les Miserables movie cast acts and sings (live) at the same time and they’re on the film set, not on stage nor in a recording studio. Jackman as Valjean got a Golden Globe nomination and 2 SAG Awards nominations, a kind of awards not assigned to unable artists. Insiders and professional critics have predicted for him an Oscar nomination too and likely a win. In Les Miserables he used purposely a ‘sing-talking’ technique, Rex Harrison won an Oscar in 1964 using the same singing style in My Fair Lady. Actually, Jackman one of the most talented performers around, equally at home on film and on stage and won two Tony Awards. This clown will never achieve, in all his life half of the awards that Jackman got. Talent is something natural and innate, Lambert it’s totally lacking and he knows it. I cannot imagine this poor clown stopping drinking for 36 hours and doing a starvation diet in order to really get the look of a tortured prisoner like Jackman did, this is love for his job and must be respected, but the idiot is a perfect child of his time, unable to respect people and understand basic concepts such as these.

I have to say, I agree with Adam. As a huge fan of the musical, it was hard not to compare it with Broadway quality singers, who are also great actors. It was hard to watch the movie and not see Hugh Jackman and Ann Hathaway. Their personalities were onscreen, and distracted from the singing and the story. I didn’t see Fontene, I saw Anne Hathaway. I didn’t see Valjean, I saw Hugh Jackman. I actually thought Russell Crowe did a decent job as Chavert, though he appeared to only have one tone throughout the movie. I think it suffered from the director, who, only knowing him from The King’s Speech, which I found too boring to watch. Also, subtle changes that were made in the performances, such as the scene where Fontene dies were not improvements, and detracted from the score. You can’t improve Les Mis, so anywhere they moved away from the original score they detracted. I couldn’t wait to see the movie, and it was great, but a slight disappointment for Les Mis fans, who would have like the casting to have been about who could transport us with the music. We didn’t go to see these overworked and overexposed stars.

@JP: I for one totally agree with Adam and he’s been named one of the best voices in the world by many trained professionals that know what they are talking about.

hawehaveitnow @ 12/31/2012 at 12:50 pm

who is this guy? One hit wonder. Get outta here.. no press for him needed

cljmelton @ 12/31/2012 at 1:09 pm

oh, yeah….he has an influence on my tastes. funny.

@Mill: The “he screams and his 15 min. are up” is getting really old come up with some new material or stfu!!!!

Wow bitter much?

@KissThis: You are so not a huge fan of Adam! He is constantly praising other artists and encouraging people to buy their music. He wasn’t thrilled with the movie and has every right to say so. Since when is he not allowed the same privilege as others!?!

@Barbara: Do you have an off switch???

@jess: who are you to say he doesn’t get an opinion , stupid person you are. I suppose the German boy you speak of copies David Bowie… he is such a bad person for doing this….. this could go on and on… your hatred for Adam is all over your prejudiced post… go away LOSER

@Melissa: hahahahhah… he gives an opinion and you twist that all up in your pathetie little mind…… get a life a hole

@Barbara: Jackman reinvents Valjean and he’s able to touch the (competent) audience, showing them all the hard work behind his acting. I know, American audience likes a lot maniacal and very cold perfectionism, but it’s not acting, this is called aping someone. You are not able to understand the praiseworthy Hugh’s effort and the human warmth of his character. Les Mis ‘purists’, because of their annoying snobbishness often out of place, have made a great disservice to the original play and its actors, burying Hooper’s movie even before it was filmed. That extremist fandom with blinkers and its stubborn stance so derogatory regardless, just got to arouse a sense of annoyance and dislike against them and against Les Mis theatrical actors too. Their fanatical fervor is really counterproductive and showed them as people particularly dull, really sad. So, dear fan of Les Mis Broadway version, if you are full of prejudices and you’re going to criticize, burying this movie under a mountain of pedantic comparisons, spitting judgments on the worthy efforts of the actors…please, next time STAY AT HOME. Thanks.

@Barbara: wow, you are really stupid….. sure wasted alot of your time bashing and whining…..

@Barbara: why are you getting your knickers in such a twist Babs over an opinion? all your ranting means so very little…. look in the mirror clown girl

@Rebecca:

It’s actually neither Le Mis or Le Miz. It’s Les Miz, that’s always been the correct abbreviation through the show’s run.

Rodrigo Medeiros @ 12/31/2012 at 2:29 pm

Oh Dear Adam <3

Personally I think that a man who hosts Divas Live and calls himself a Diva is the last person to criticize being “faux” or “pretend” anything. Please put him in a corner somewhere. He’s annoying.

Although I did like the movie, Russel Crowe was totally miscast. Adam has a right to his opinion but then again, his makeup is the worse. Maybe he should leave the makeup to people who actually know how to apply it. Kind of the same complaint he has about singers.

One of the unfortunate “perks” of our current hyper tech world is that anyone can express their opinion…and anyone can become relevant regardless of how pedistrian their talent…Adam Lambert…Really? Bitter party of one…your table is ready !!

Frankly yes. Half the time, I thought they weren’t so much singing the score as whispering it.

jacqueline @ 12/31/2012 at 4:47 pm

So, from the main cast, he pretty much said everyone was great except for Hugh, Russell, Amanda and EDDIE. Kinda sounds like he auditioned and didn’t get it…
He was unusually harsh, though. Shouldn’t have been (my opinion), especially because he’s good! I’ve seen him “dancing through life” on youtube.

thomas fines @ 12/31/2012 at 5:13 pm

Say what you will. He is definitely kind of a goober. But his point is right on. The singing was distracting and the quality poor. If they wanted to make a drama, why not do away with the singing and produce a movie. If they wanted a musical, and the music of le mis is incredible, use performers who have a worthy instrument for singing!

It was obvious they didn’t sacrifice on the orchestration. It sounded fabulous. What if they had brought in a bunch of old and sub par instruments or muscians who couldn’t play professionally? It would have made no more sense than using actors who couldn’t sing.

I love how Adam’s elderly *** hags defend him by saying he has a long history in musical theater but they don’t say he never got out of the chorus in those years and was never on Broadway.

They also act like he invented singing when in fact his voice is unbearably screechy and he’s an ugly freak anyway.

His cds and singles all flopped and the only work he can get is in countries desperate for any american acts they can get and all they can get are the dregs, the ones we don’t want.

JACKBALLJ @ 12/31/2012 at 5:50 pm

The problem is you cant sell a studio movie with singers who can act. you have to have some big recognizable names or the film wont sell at all.

silly sheep care about such silly non sense

robertmarc1 @ 12/31/2012 at 5:53 pm

Who asked you Adam

@JP:

while i dont agree with what he is saying to say adam is no adelle is simply absurd , adelle is n adam lambert , he has more vocal ange and ability than adelle could ever hope to have

that doestn mean i love his music but he has one of the greatest voices on the freaking planet at the moment

Adam who? Is it that ugly girl in the picture? The one with way too much make-up? Just asking.

For your information Adam. Hugh Jackman started his career in musical theater, leading to many broadway roles, and has won Atleast 2 Tony awards. Jackman has an excellent voice. Now run along adam, I hear eyeliner is on sale at Macys.

I saw the trailer of this movie. Oh Lordy, it was painful to watch… Made me cringe to see Russell Crowe singing..I can’t see myself ever watching this movie in theatre, video or TV. Nope, uh,uh!! Horrid.

Just because Adam can screech better doesn’t make him a musical genius. Get over yourself Lambert, you are completely obsolete!

Im sensing someone is a bit sore that he and his eye liner wasnt cast as Fontaine. Really Adam?? Must you screech out every note you’ve ever sang? Lasie could **** out a better rendition of (enter any Adam Lambert bubble gum song here) Count On Adam to scream a High-E in every song to let us know how “good” he is. let us not forget these actors were gifted long before you lost American Idol….. Furthermore, if you didnt like it, then say you dont. Dont back peddle by telling twitter how bad it was by talking out of the side of your mouth and telling us how many actors were GOOD in the movie. Oh well Youre an idiot.

@eve: He’s gone multi-platinum. I’m pretty sure he’s successful.

Actually Hugh Jackman is an excellent singer. His portrayal of Peter Allen on Broadway still gives me goose pimples. As for the other actors, I am not in a position to comment. However, Adam Lambert, although a decent singer, is not the most accomplished singer himself. I am just saying!!!!

Your comment is 100% spot on!

He is a flaming jerk. He opinion is worthless.

Lambert is entitled to his opinion, but I loved the movie. We all have our preferences for voices. I have always loved the music and the movie explained more to me. I thought they all did great.! Yes I grew up singing and performing. I had professional training. So I am very picky. I was blown away at how well Hugh Jackman could sing. I love the fact that they had a former Jean Val Jean play the priest. I did find myself wanting him to sing more. But all in all I really liked it and it struck much emotion in me. As has been said this was a movie. Remember that.

He said the actors can’t sing yet he praises them all. Sounds like someone wanted attention to me

“He’s gone multi-platinum.”

Where? In Uzbekistan? He flopped in America and that is all that counts.

He needs to sit down and SHAG OFF…. What a Douche Bag….

@Hardy: Your comment is 100% spot on!

I agree with Adam

@lspiderl:
“he has one of the greatest voices on the freaking planet at the moment”

Oh hell to the NO he does not. He’s a screeching freak monkey in horrid makeup.

Adam WHO? I for one loved the fact that they were not SINGERS, they are actors telling a story. I thought they did an amazing job and the fact that it was not STUDIO’ed made me love it more, it felt more real, authentic, dirty and poor which is ultimately what this film is about. Rising above what the world sees you as. So Mr or is it Ms Lambert, cant tell with all that makeup on. Shut up, learn something about authenticity and realism when making movies.

@j: your an ass

@BEAN: Adam is only bashing the male stars…. guess he thought he should have been cast? God I hate gay guys that always have to be a whiny lil *****

scroll back to the top and tell me Adam has any room to slam Anyone!

Hugh Jackman won a TONY AWARD for best male performance in a MUSICAL the last time I checked they don’t give that ward to people who suck.

Ann Hathaway is a great singer just watch Ella Enchanted anyone with doubts about how good her voice is NEEDS to see that film.

As for Crowe he’s not pretending anything his singing carreer was established LONG before he became famous the problem Crowe has is that he is in a film with FAR superior voice talent. Personally they should have gone with Anthony Stewart Head who is a terrific actor & a great singer (As any fan of Buffy will tell you)

@Kells:

He maybe rained but he is not an international superstar. A lot of subpar singers are accepted overseas.

@Faith: “A lot of subpar singers are accepted overseas.”

Precisely! Adam Lambert failed in America. Noone wants his screechy sub-par azz over here.

Adam Who???

Did he want to play Anne Hathaway’s part?

Adam who? Is this guy important?

Adam Lambert?? Let’s see….he lost American Idol…..and how many CD’s has he recorded? Does it matter? No one i buying them…. another bitter queen.

@Michele:
Its not an opera. Its a musical. Big difference. Oh, and btw- one of the actors Lambert doesn’t mention as giving a good performance has been nominated for a SAG award and Golden Globe for this role. Oh yeah- also a nomination for best original song. Can’t be all that bad.

Wow….BITTER, PARTY OF 1!!! Somebody’s Arrogant button is stuck on again.

I think it was a good idea to make them sing it live. It shows that they at least tried to make the movie as theatrical as possible rather than editing the voices in a studio. Don’t they do that for broadway and the opera as well? Or do they record first? I don’t know but I think it was a good idea. Adam is entitled to his own opinion though. That was just mine.

He is a karaoke singer at best. Who is he to criticize?

Rigoberto @ 12/31/2012 at 7:10 pm

WATCH OUT! The Queen is on her throne!

Wow …. BITTER, PARTY OF JUST ADAM! Looks like his Arrogant button is stuck in the on position again.

I actually have no idea who Adam lambert is or why his opinion is important…

should a nobody even be allowed to have an opinion? sit down princess,you’ll get all worked up and smear your mascara

what an idiot and pretender..(wanna be )

@brenda: @Lauriellen:

This douchebag has a long history of slamming other artists who’ve accomplished far more than he ever has.

coffee1st @ 12/31/2012 at 7:53 pm

If Adam can square away a few weeks from his primping and prettiness to READ THE NOVEL (a new concept for him, I’m sure), he’d realize – the movie wasn’t about the singing (and neither is the novel). Adam is what happens when you don’t thrive academically.

coffee1st @ 12/31/2012 at 7:54 pm

@Michele:

No – it’s NOT AN OPERA — it’s NOVEL about the French Revolution, and poverty, and class warfare… that was turned into a musical….. let’s at least get history straight, shall we?

I agree with Adam. I was stranded between love and hate when I went to see the movie. It is such a wonderful production on stage and I was lucky enough to be in the audiance at the Albert Hall reunion performance. The movie, although I think it will win some awards, seemed almost as long as the uprising it was about. I love every actor who was in it, but I think some were miscast just because they have “box office” clout. But I do think the actors deserve some HUGE props for singing live. It was a good experiment, but this time it just didnt work all that well.

Homina8or @ 12/31/2012 at 8:04 pm

@brenda: I understand you’re a fan of Adam but really? Adam isn’t wrong abut the male singing performances in the movie with the exception of the Bishop played by the original Jean Valjean Colm Wilkinson. Adam is in the the D league compared Colm Wilkinson when it comes to singing and performing.

I don’t really care about those kind of things.. and People shouldn’t judge people for judging people that judges something.. so people should stop whining..

Why can’t this douchebag just go away? I mean, his 15 mins of fame should have been over before it ever started and now he thinks he’s an authority on actors/singing? LOL Still hurts that May and the boys asked him to stand in as vocals with Queen, and I hope he knows he performed far worse to many of us old Queen diehards than any actor could ever botch singing. Adam, go away. You’re not wanted at all in very many circles, and even the few you are, are very small circles. You’re yesterday’s news and even then we were laughing at you, not with you.

He is, after all, the runner up on a singing reality show. If anyone should know anything about pretend singing it’d be him.
Vicious hater biotch

This guy sings out of tune and has the nerve to criticize Hugh Jackman’s singing.

Adam was actually correct. I am a Musical Theater major and the singing was poor. I know it may be difficult to have actors with multiple talents, but it was not even close. The acting was great though.

howard george @ 12/31/2012 at 9:30 pm

What Adam Lambert knows about what’s need to make a movie work wouldn’t fit in a Hobbit’s sewing thimble. Bottom line – he’s just jealous he wasn’t in the film. Go put on some more make-up!

Agree totally with Lambert. Was so disappointed with the movie. I just was expecting the beautiful music and all I got was great acting and mostly poor vocals. Not a good trade for this musical.

I think Mr. lambert has gotten a bit to big for his britches.

Tyger Dacosta @ 12/31/2012 at 10:49 pm

Adam, before idol you were nothing….You could walk into any bar and find queens singing better than you….mad because you were not cast? tired of singing and want to branch out? forget it….you do not have one tenth of these fine actors talents but they def have something you do not…class!

“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.

So, 5 of the what -7- main characters did good to great? I have this strange feeling he may have been snubbed for one of the roles.

So?

Adam Lambert is a “pretend” man. :Ol

@mlm:

Sorry….he’s the one who always seems to be “pissy”.

Notice he didnt mention Hugh Jackman MULTIPLE theatre awards including a Tony and Emmy nods for musical performance… Adam is just sad because he is a no talent, hack who didn’t make it, and just wants his name in the press to seem relevant.

And Adam Lambert actually thinks he’s an expert? He’s just another weirdo who thinks he knows everything.

@Deedz:

and that’s exactly what Adam said……

I have never wanted to run out of a movie as much as this one. It was boring beyond words. And I have acted and danced in musicals so I appreciate the art form, but this was a disaster, as I saw it. It was just too, too much of everything, and ended up being a mish-mash.

@Sean: And what is so special about America that his record sales only count there!! Sales are sales no matter where they are from!

@Faith: And I guess you are an authority on what type of singers are accepted overseas!

who ever said Les Miz was an “opera”?

Adam, sweetie, you are the last person on earth whose opinion matters to me! Now if you were giving your opinion on the best mascara or eyeliner, I might take your advice.

sounds like sour grapes!

paulettesimone @ 01/01/2013 at 8:21 am

I heard only GOOD things about the film till now? I’m still going to pay to go see it!

The guy’s a *****,he needs to keep his mouth shut.

i’ve decided to like adam lambert as of today

Will D Beast @ 01/01/2013 at 3:17 pm

It was like an opera. The story is a very emotional story. To see great actors with up close shots singing live and literally taking on the character was great. Russell Crowe was grea at Javert. He embodied the character and his singing was spot on for that character. This was not your My Fair Lady type of musical. It was a miserable time and the emotion was bought forth by all and yet the ending was stil uplifting. Adam Lambert – yor 10 minutes of fame have been long gone.

Does it matter if Adam was the most superb singer in the world, or a mediocre one? Does it matter if Adam has top-notch credenials or not? He is stating his opinion about a movie he just saw. What is the big deal? Does anyone care if I didn’t like some of the singing in Les Miz? I voiced that amongst some friends, and I didn’t get slammed. Why is Adam getting slammed? I read lots of others in the biz criticize some of the singing, and no one has accused them of sour grapes.

So many unfounded comments, (sour grapes). Adam auditioned for Glee before he went on Idol. He obviously did not get hired, but he never, ever criticized the show. Adam is not the sour grapes type of person. On so many occasions, he has given Kris Allen many accolades, when he didn’t have to.

Totally agree with Adam and extremely disappointed with Jared for this sensational article and headline. I thought Jared was better than this. Guess not. Adam certainly is.

@James: I´m 20!! Am I an old lady????????????????? I love Hugh because he is awesome!!

Everyone has an opinion let him have his. Its a movie though not Broadway and I know that Adam comes from Broadway and that’s why he thought the singing would be better. Personally Anne singing I Dreamed a Dream in the commercials makes me tear up as I haven’t seen the movie yet.

Adam Lambert knows his craft trained vocalist, stage performer from age 10 so yes HE DOES have an informed opinion ! He makes many valid points and did not actually slam anyone, just being HONEST. That honesty thing most refreshing , what I love about the guy, shame he is getting bashed for it!

Adam Lambert is so fame hungry. A wannabe that never was. After a flop album and three flop singles, he should really be worrying about his own career instead of trying to criticize others. What an idiot.

To me, it seems like Adam basically wanted a filmed version of the musical rather than a movie. Because his comment on the live singing was contradictory. Basically he liked the idea but he thinks they should have done a studio recording. Which defeats the purpose of the live singing.

He needs to learn that movies =/= musicals and what works in one doesn’t always work in the other. People see musicals and expect perfect voices. People see movies and expect believable characters showing emotion. Making a movie based off of a musical is a struggle to find the balance between both.

He has the right to his opinion but calling the actors “pretend singers”, especially when many of them do have musical backgrounds was over the top. If you don’t want to be attacked for your criticisms them don’t criticize things in such a stupid manner. Honestly, how hard would it have been for him to say “I did not like actor x and thought they were wrong for the role”? Because his first instinct was to lash out, people who may have agreed with some of his points are now on the defensive.

@Danny: Russell Crowe doesn’t seem offened by Adams comment so why should you!

So Just Jared….where is your “article” about Russell Crowe’s tweet to Adam a few hours ago saying that he doesn’t disagree with him? You were one of the first to jump on Adam’s tweets and to sensationalize the hell out of them.

Even a lot of professional singers could not handle singing live whilst dancing and acting!!!

He’s completely clueless, commenting about actors pretending to be singers. Going through the main character cast list, only Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried don’t have careers rooted in stage, and they both were great. Hugh Jackman became famous because of musicals, Anne Hathaway is big in music in her personal life, Samantha Barks played her role in the stage version, and Eddie Redmayne has won a Tony, for crying out loud.

I find it highly entertaining, and a huge indication of his actual talent, that he mentions HBC and SBC were “great,” when neither of them have background in theater or music, and HBC doesn’t even have formal training in acting. He’s the male version of Lady Gaga: thinks he’s hot **** because he’s been in music since he was young and is really good at being outrageous.

I think Adam is angry because he was not part of the cast.

What does he think happens during the performance on Broadway? Those actors aren’t dubbed. Now maybe he knows a little of what it feels like when we see a singer PRETENDING to be an actor.

@Flemiel: I agree completely. It’s a musical film. It can’t be judged to the standards of the musical itself, because it will fail drastically. A point a friend of mine made a very good point when he noted that in the film, it’s a lot more up close and personal, which allows for more acting, as compared to the stage, where the singing is the primary focus.

doggossip @ 01/02/2013 at 1:22 pm

It’s not a musical film or an opera or everything, it’s a masterpiece of french literature !!!
so dont say, everyone ! it’s an opera or a musical film , sauce american , never !

Props to Adam Lambert – yes, watching the film was painful for me at times when the actors were obviously straining in their vocal delivery. Hugh Jackman was not comfortable with the key and couldn’t hit top notes. Crowe has a voice better suited to rock. Redmayne has a sweet voice but it was really the theater trained Aaron Tveit (Enjolras) and Anne Hathaway who sang with conviction and effortless skill

That awkward moment when all the singers were good, and Adam Lambert is a piece of crap singer who is ABSOLUTELY irrelevant.

It is not an opera, it’s a sung-through musical. None of that cast could handle a real opera in a million years. I thought the producers did a very good job of mixing Hollywood stars with adequate vocal ability and superior acting talent alongside talent from the Broadway stage. Sounds to me like he thinks he should have been in the cast, perhaps?

@eve: @eve: In Vietnam we have big fan clubs for Adam Lambert.

Who cares what Adam Lambert says he can’t sing or act.

mariolawpanda @ 02/01/2013 at 4:10 am

This is kinda bull though. Most of them had experience in musicals right? Who was he referring to anyway? He kinda pointed out every movie actor in his exceptions. Haha. Some of them are from stage and some of them are singers as well. I dunno what his problem is.

Majority of the main cast were actually broadway singers…including many who were in the Les Mis stage show. So there was no pretending. They actually are singers. And they were (mostly) phenomenal.

@brenda: Until Adam starts to win major awards in the movie and music world his opinion does not mean much.

Until Adam has the awards to back him up he needs to try to learn what real talent is. Look at the list below.
hugh jackman: tony award winner
aaron tveit: nyc broadway star
samantha barks: london west end star
eddie redmayne: tony award winner
amanda seyfried: sings and writes her own music/starred in mamma mia
helena bonham carter & sacha baron cohen: starred in sweeney todd together
daniel huddlestone: played gavroche in west end production
isabelle allen: first film, did musical theatre at school
Russell crowe: sang lead vocals for his own band and recorded music professionally! he may have not had as much range as everyone else, but he has musical experience.

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