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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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  • mlm

    @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.

  • Jamie

    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.

  • Anne

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

  • mlm

    @j: And you’re just a douche!!

  • V

    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

    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.

  • barbls

    @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!

  • Phyllis

    @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.

  • criss

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

  • Phyllis

    @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?

  • mlm

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

  • barbls

    @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!!

  • Phyllis


    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.

  • mlm

    @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!!

  • jen

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

  • darlene

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

  • jen

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

  • Heroineinprogress

    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.

  • taz

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

  • LA

    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….

  • Danielle

    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.

  • V

    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.

  • jamie

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

  • Michele


    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.

  • sammmy

    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.

  • http://@ChristineM.Conley christine conley

    @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

  • Rachel

    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.”

  • Lily

    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…

  • anch

    Maybe tinkerbell should just shut up.

  • Lee

    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/

  • Max

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

  • Lily

    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.

  • Lee

    Take your own advice.

  • Ami

    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

  • sam

    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?

  • amanda

    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.

  • ceecee21

    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.

  • brooke

    Amanda Seyfried is trained in opera singing.

  • CNB

    @<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.

  • http://none Karen

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

  • J.Taylor

    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!

  • Jennifer

    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.

  • Chris

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

  • JoliPare

    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!

  • noplace

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

  • cmac

    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!

  • dawn

    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.

  • Chris

    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

    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

  • OMG

    @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