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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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@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.


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?


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.


@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?


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.


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!

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