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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

    @Tinybluemoon: For all of you tone deaf a**’s He does not use auto tune… that would be you’re special snowflakes that use it!!!!

  • Aunt Esther

    First, I would like to see Adam take a major Broadway role – we know he can sing but can he act. Movies like Les Miz required actors that can do both. In regards to Les Miz, please know children that your Aunty has seen the Broadway and London show many times. The movie version is a beautiful piece of film making. Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne were amazing and deserve supporting role Oscars – both have incredible voices and are great actors. Samantha Barks was also very good as Eponine. I was pleasantly surprised that Amanda Seyfried could sing on key, even if her shrill sounded a bit like Glinda the Good Witch of the North. Hugh Jackman did a fine job – he could not play this role on Broadway but did a great job on film. That was the good, children. The bad? Helen Bonham Carter was awful – she already proved that she could not sing in Sweeney Todd. I love me some S.B. Cohen but I don’t think he did enough justice to this scene-stealing character. Helen and Sacha would have been criticized more if not for Russell Crowe. Oooh Child, this was a terrible casting decision. I know you want star power but, with all the other big names, Javert needed a big, deep, and strong voice to go along with some acting. Problem is – Mr. Crowe CANNOT SING. So much so, that any scene that he was in – and there were plenty – had the life sucked out of it by his significantly meager voice. Mr. Hooper, this was the one big mistake in what was otherwise a beautifully done movie.

  • JG

    @Kiko: Hey dummy. Lambert took to twitter and made a couple of 144 character or less statements. He didn’t do a dissertation on the subject. Lay of the smack sweetheart it’s frying your brain. It aint’ that deep.

  • http://Facebook Morag

    I do not agree with Adam Lambert. He may look on Les Mis as an Opera but all the stage showings were never produced or advertised as Operas. They were musicals and cast accordingly. I thought the casting of the film was very good and although they may have been actors first and singers second the cast all did an excellent job. For me the stand out performances were Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and Eddie Redmayne. Russell Crowe made a good Javert as good as some who have done the stage version. I have seen this musical, and I really believe it to be a musical, on stage with four different casts and I rate the actors in this movie version as good, if not better, than some who did the stage version. I also rated Helena Bonham Carter and Baron Sacha Cohen as the Innkeepers to be the second best to those who did the stage version. Where I saw this movie the packed audience spontaneously burst into applause at the end of the movie.
    The public are the ones who make a movie, stage play,stage musical etc a hit, not the so called “critics”.

  • Tanya

    So I guess singers who get movie roles aren’t pretending to be actors as well?

  • James

    All you old ladies got your knickers in a bunch defending your precious Hugh Jackman because Adam Lambert sent out a couple of tweets on twitter and Jared decided to write a whole article based on it? You Grannies seriously need a hobby. How about knitting?

  • What a disappointment in Jackm

    Hugh Jackman’s vocal is such a disappointment. I thought he would be a better singer given his Broadway experience. But no. He is even worse than Crowe. His horrid vibrato is very distracting.


    Okay this whole “Adam can out-sing everyone in this cast/the world!!!” comments need to stop. Some of the actors in this film have absolutely INCREDIBLE voices (for example, Redmayne, Tveit, and Barks). Adam has an incredible voice too, but saying he can “out-sing” anyone really doesn’t mean anything. It’s all subjective; their voices are all completely different, you can’t judge them in the same way. They’re all – for the most part – incredibly talented singers, and comparing them to each other is just ridiculous. You may like Adam’s voice; I may not. That doesn’t mean either is untalented, nor that either is better than another.

  • mlm

    @jess: Did someone steal your meds!! This B Kaulitz crap is getting really old. I don’t think Adam even knows or cares if he even exists anymore. Kaulitz is not a fashion icon and the clothes he wears are not one of a kind or that he is the only one that styles his hair a certain way. Also, why not take a shower and get rid of the scum between your toes douche!!

  • Megan

    Oh Adam, you should criticize no one with that awful hair. I will agree on this: Russell Crowe can’t sing and they should’ve re-recorded the songs for the soundtrack. Other than that, everyone was good.

  • mac

    I read Les Miserables and watched the film, but not a musical. I was very disappointed with the film as it failed to show how love changed Jean Valjean, which is the very core of the original story. Maybe French revolution, young lovers, etc. make good musical spectacle but they are only side stories. The film (and maybe the musical?) omitted too important parts and now you cannot tell what the story is about.

  • http://@ctthetc Chris

    Disagree with his statements. Adam’s being a douche bag.

  • marguerite

    Absolutely. Dream girls was good because of the singing. Funny Girl was good because of the singing. The Wizard of Oz with Judy Garland was good because of the singing. This Les Miserables was forgettable, and the singing (as Adam accurately pointed out) was distracting, except for a few cases. I am tired of Hollywood putting out recycled crap and calling it art. They have ruined Les Miserables for me.

  • Mitchell

    @JP: he’s someone with one of the best voices in the business today. so his opinion actually does hold more weight than others. sorry, it’s just the truth

  • adamfan

    @eve: You must just make stuff up. Adam is VERY WELL KNOWN outside the US, in fact he is a global superstar. At this very minute he is performing in Bali for NYE and the tickets start at $700 US dollars. I’d say he has made it.

  • celestial thoughts

    So? Jealous, biotch? You just wanted to wear Marie Antoinette’s clothes.

  • celestial thoughts

    @celestial thoughts: I do agree he’s very talented and gorgeous but he is also very arrogant and hoity toity.

  • Starrburst

    Seriously!!!! Are you such a saint that you have never had a bad comment about a movie? There are lots of movies that i dont like. Does that make me a bad person??

  • Starrburst

    And who are you to be judging him?? He never said that he was better. You are just making your own assumptions. Have you never watched a movie that you didnt like? Seriously!!

  • Starrburst

    Havent any of you ever watched a movie you didnt like? He wasnt being nasty. Its just a movie that he didnt like. Get over it!!

  • Starrburst

    You should do your research before slamming him. Are people in America not allowed to comment on a movie. Is it Illegal?

  • Starrburst

    And i suppose you are the most beatiful person in the world right? How can you be so nasty to someone who simply doesnt like a movie. Do you like every movie you have ever waatched?

  • Starrburst

    He doesnt have a big mouth. He has an opinion just like everyone else in this world

  • Luvglitta

    I am truly horrified!! I cannot believe that you can be nasty and call someone names because they commented on a damn movie. Do you want to tell me that all of you are saints and have never had anything bad to say about a movie??? Seriously!

  • StarlaB

    OMG!!! Come on. Adam commented on a movie. Everybody in the world comments on movies. All of you that i have said nasty things about Adam,. Next time you watch a movie and dont like it, just remember what your comments were.

  • Jennifer

    @jess: i haven’t timed it so idk how long he holds a note but i found this pretty impressive. plus he was just 22 here (Brigadoon)

  • Daisy

    Musical theater nerds like myself would agree with him. Most of the people that don’t agree with him have never even seen the musical on stage. They have no clue what it’s actually SUPPOSED to sound like.

  • Pigs

    Adam should be more focused on making a decent song before he gets dropped from his label. His last album and all the singles bombed.

  • http://twitter funbunn40

    Saying Adam was “slamming” it is overkill for shock value. He just gave his credible, professional, personal opinion of which he is entitled, like anyone else.I’ve seen Les Miz 7 times, primarily for the music. Hollywood will market a movie for the masses that go for the celebrity, special effects and a relateable story line. Anne Hathaway and the actress that played Eponine were up to the acting and vocal challenge, as were some others. Russell Crow is a fine actor, but not vocally powerful enough for this role.Adam is extremely generous in his support of other artists and this wasn’t a personal “slam “to anyone, just an educated opinion with media jumping on it, making a mountain out of a molehill.It’s a MUSICal after all. Peace, people

  • C.

    Adam Lambert is right, there are plenty of actors out there who can sing better, some of them even have successful careers as actors and singers (Jared Leto for example).
    So why did they cast Russel Crowe??? He was horrible

  • dblock

    Who the F*#! is Adam Lambert? And why does he look like a gay 80′s rockstar vampire?

  • oy

    Adam’s earrings are too tight.

  • http://dianik72 Diana

    Mr. Lambert expressed his informed opinion. Where’s the drama? Who is offended? Hollywood has long been a “decadent Titanic.” Its production brainwashing. In “Les Miserables” 2012 commercial art is a compromise. That is clear. So listen man with extraordinary vocal range. From Eastern Europe last night I tweeted to Bali. I support Mr. Lambert. Why did American pop music has released “Russell Crowe”?

  • justme

    Don’t we all comment on films we’ve seen on twitter; everybody has a right to their opinion. And you don’t have to like Adam’s music, or Adam, to recognise he has an amazing and well trained voice. Denying the range and control he has just makes you look stupid. He doesn’t need autotune. And like I said, you don’t have to like him, or his music or even his voice but to say Adam can’t sing takes a lot of credibility out of your comment.

    And given his vocal training and talent he probably can’t help but to pay attention to the singing. There’s plenty of great actors with incredible voices and I’m pretty sure after his years in musical theatre Adam knows a few personally. But then again it’s only natural big names get casted even if they’re not the best fit for the role. They bring people to the cinemas and bring in he money. And it’s a film first and foremost. So the acting is the first priority.

  • karl

    its a musical?

  • jz

    I absolutely agree with Adam. I thought it was really tough to listen to Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe. The sub-par singing ruined the movie for me.

  • wtf

    So its OK for him to be acting? He HAS done Broadway before he was famous. Sit the F down you ‘pretend actor’

  • ash

    you know what
    I am SO with Adam.
    and just FYI,he’s an actor of Musical b4 the American Idol thing so I think he’s got something right about this.

    A lot of actors sing live in Musical movies,like Evan in Across the Universe,and Joaquin & Reese in Walk the line,they did it well. their singing were not distracting at all. tbh,Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman sound SO awful when you listen to the Original Soundtrack,also,Amanda Seyfried sounds so weird,She’s got a beautiful voice but not for something like LM the Opera. It’s harsh,but TRUE.

  • Terrible Twos

    Wow people are getting pretty passionate about this. I don’t have time to read all the comments but just wanted to say I saw this movie with my family this weekend and we all enjoyed it very much. I actually liked the way the songs sounded, call me crazy, but it was a nice movie.

  • beta

    everyone is entitled to their own opinion but adam must not know that the majority of the cast has singing experience/theatre experience including Russel Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Anne Hathaway(who is a trained stage actress).

    Plus singing live in a film is probably completely different from singing on stage as on stage you need to project your voice whereas in film you probably don’t

  • beta

    @Daisy: people forget that singing on stage is not the same as singing in film so obviously the songs aren’t going to sound the same.its a different atmosphere in film than on stage

  • Eriskay Cavan

    If it’s billed as a musical, that;s what you should expect. I haven’t seen the movie so I cannot personally make a comment about it. However, Adam Lambert has a strong background in musical theater, and he knows what he he likes as an artist and personally. . It was his opinion, that’s all. I know it was given honestly.

    Do you remember My Fair Lady with Audrey Hepburn? That was Marnie Nixon’s voice dubbed in. And the movie was great because of it. I’ll take note of Adam’s critique any day. He knows what he’s talking abo

  • Jolie


    Adam is really famous in Europe too, I know a lot of Hungarian Glamsters ;)
    I really like his voice and Never Close Our Eyes is one of the best songs of this decade.
    Adam is a talented and kind guy, he just expressed his opinion in a proper way, everyone should accept it whether agree or disagree with it. And not to mention how some people pull his looks or his sexual orientation her – it is so childish. Grow up, haters.

  • Merlin’s Mum

    @eve: Umm? He is not ‘unknown outside of the US’ I’m in London and we know him here, believe me!. To be honest, I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I was surprised at their choices of actors and actresses for this movie. I’m hoping to see it next week.

  • Lily

    He’s entitled to his opinion. The only issue I have with his statement is don’t name any names. The fact that he named half of the cast as great singers negates his overall remark.

  • http://laoise163 laoise

    Not known outside the US? he did an international tour with his last album, traveled the world promoting his new album and is currently in Indonesia preforming

  • Mill

    this from a guy who screams songs and lost a lousy music competition – his 15 minutes are up and now he needs publicity! he’s a caricature. loves how the ‘hags’ always defend him! LOL

  • KissThis

    I’m a huge fan of Lambert, but sometimes he can be a real b!tch. He needs to back it up a notch and realize he is not the only talented singer out there.

  • Verite

    Well I guess through a process of elimination we can see who he did NOT approve of. Maybe he thinks he should have been hired?

  • RooMcGoo

    An Incomplete History of Les Miserables: