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

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  1. 51
    mlm Says:

    @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.

  2. 52
    Jamie Says:

    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.

  3. 53
    Anne Says:

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

  4. 54
    mlm Says:

    @j: And you’re just a douche!!

  5. 55
    V Says:

    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.

  6. 56
    britt madison Says:

    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.

  7. 57
    barbls Says:

    @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!

  8. 58
    Phyllis Says:

    @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.

  9. 59
    criss Says:

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

  10. 60
    Phyllis Says:

    @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?

  11. 61
    mlm Says:

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

  12. 62
    barbls Says:

    @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!!

  13. 63
    Phyllis Says:


    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.

  14. 64
    mlm Says:

    @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!!

  15. 65
    jen Says:

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

  16. 66
    darlene Says:

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

  17. 67
    jen Says:

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

  18. 68
    Heroineinprogress Says:

    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.

  19. 69
    taz Says:

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

  20. 70
    LA Says:

    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….

  21. 71
    Danielle Says:

    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.

  22. 72
    V Says:

    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.

  23. 73
    jamie Says:

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

  24. 74
    Michele Says:


    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.

  25. 75
    sammmy Says:

    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.

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