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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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  • sarafersure

    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.

  • Rebecca

    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…

  • alice

    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

    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.

  • lizzeh

    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.

  • Lilly

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

  • Wildress

    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…

  • Rachel

    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.

  • Vanessa

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

  • lindsey

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

  • Ali

    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.

  • Emilia

    @Vanessa: Haha, so true!

  • Claire

    @Ali: I agree, Ali.

  • LT

    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.

  • LE

    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

    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


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

  • Tinybluemoon

    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….

  • hay

    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.

  • Flemiel

    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!

  • Jrfan2001

    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!

  • DJ

    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

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

  • Mona

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

  • Pete

    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.

  • Cindi

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

  • Kiko

    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….

  • Dalia

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

  • Degault

    @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

  • adamrules

    @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!

  • jess


    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.

  • KO

    @Pete: hey fugly

  • adamrules

    @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?

  • glamity58

    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.

  • glamity58

    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.

  • glamity58

    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.

  • Kinia

    @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.

  • Selene

    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

  • mlm

    What an ignorant remark from a f**king ignorant troll!!!

  • creed

    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.

  • jess


    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.

  • Go Adam

    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.

  • ari

    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.

  • victor10

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

  • Pete


  • mlm

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

  • J.Taylor

    @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.

  • Pete


  • LE


    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).