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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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@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

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