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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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  1. 101
    sarafersure Says:

    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.

  2. 102
    Rebecca Says:

    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…

  3. 103
    alice Says:

    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.

  4. 104
    The truth Hurts Says:

    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.

  5. 105
    lizzeh Says:

    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.

  6. 106
    Lilly Says:

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

  7. 107
    Wildress Says:

    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…

  8. 108
    Rachel Says:

    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.

  9. 109
    Vanessa Says:

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

  10. 110
    lindsey Says:

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

  11. 111
    Ali Says:

    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.

  12. 112
    Emilia Says:

    @Vanessa: Haha, so true!

  13. 113
    Claire Says:

    @Ali: I agree, Ali.

  14. 114
    LT Says:

    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.

  15. 115
    LE Says:

    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.

  16. 116
    Judy Lushman Says:

    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.

  17. 117
    victorhugo Says:


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

  18. 118
    Tinybluemoon Says:

    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….

  19. 119
    hay Says:

    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.

  20. 120
    Flemiel Says:

    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!

  21. 121
    Jrfan2001 Says:

    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!!

  22. 122
    JBERM Says:

    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!

  23. 123
    DJ Says:

    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?

  24. 124
    Rebecca Says:

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

  25. 125
    Mona Says:

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

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