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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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  • Paul

    He’s just saying that so he can be in the next musical flick…

    Oh Adam, so lame !

  • Barbara

    Poor talentless clown, the only one ‘singer’ in the world who don’t know that Hooper’s Les Miserables is a movie not the play, two different things and it’s with this in mind that must be watched and judged, comparisons with any theatrical version doesn’t make sense. Hooper did not want mannerisms and theatrical virtuosity for his movie, he asked for realism. There are a lot of technical differences between a stage musical and the cinematic equivalent, because what works in theatre cannot work in a movie. In a motion-picture adaptation it’s important to hear the emotion and acting they put in to their singing, which is something that can transform a song from that of a recording artist, to that of an actor. Les Miserables movie cast acts and sings (live) at the same time and they’re on the film set, not on stage nor in a recording studio. Jackman as Valjean got a Golden Globe nomination and 2 SAG Awards nominations, a kind of awards not assigned to unable artists. Insiders and professional critics have predicted for him an Oscar nomination too and likely a win. In Les Miserables he used purposely a ‘sing-talking’ technique, Rex Harrison won an Oscar in 1964 using the same singing style in My Fair Lady. Actually, Jackman one of the most talented performers around, equally at home on film and on stage and won two Tony Awards. This clown will never achieve, in all his life half of the awards that Jackman got. Talent is something natural and innate, Lambert it’s totally lacking and he knows it. I cannot imagine this poor clown stopping drinking for 36 hours and doing a starvation diet in order to really get the look of a tortured prisoner like Jackman did, this is love for his job and must be respected, but the idiot is a perfect child of his time, unable to respect people and understand basic concepts such as these.

  • Barbara

    I have to say, I agree with Adam. As a huge fan of the musical, it was hard not to compare it with Broadway quality singers, who are also great actors. It was hard to watch the movie and not see Hugh Jackman and Ann Hathaway. Their personalities were onscreen, and distracted from the singing and the story. I didn’t see Fontene, I saw Anne Hathaway. I didn’t see Valjean, I saw Hugh Jackman. I actually thought Russell Crowe did a decent job as Chavert, though he appeared to only have one tone throughout the movie. I think it suffered from the director, who, only knowing him from The King’s Speech, which I found too boring to watch. Also, subtle changes that were made in the performances, such as the scene where Fontene dies were not improvements, and detracted from the score. You can’t improve Les Mis, so anywhere they moved away from the original score they detracted. I couldn’t wait to see the movie, and it was great, but a slight disappointment for Les Mis fans, who would have like the casting to have been about who could transport us with the music. We didn’t go to see these overworked and overexposed stars.

  • adamrules

    @JP: I for one totally agree with Adam and he’s been named one of the best voices in the world by many trained professionals that know what they are talking about.

  • hawehaveitnow

    who is this guy? One hit wonder. Get outta here.. no press for him needed

  • cljmelton

    oh, yeah….he has an influence on my tastes. funny.

  • mlm

    @Mill: The “he screams and his 15 min. are up” is getting really old come up with some new material or stfu!!!!

  • Melissa

    Wow bitter much?

  • mlm

    @KissThis: You are so not a huge fan of Adam! He is constantly praising other artists and encouraging people to buy their music. He wasn’t thrilled with the movie and has every right to say so. Since when is he not allowed the same privilege as others!?!

  • mlm

    @Barbara: Do you have an off switch???

  • KO

    @jess: who are you to say he doesn’t get an opinion , stupid person you are. I suppose the German boy you speak of copies David Bowie… he is such a bad person for doing this….. this could go on and on… your hatred for Adam is all over your prejudiced post… go away LOSER

  • Bel

    @Melissa: hahahahhah… he gives an opinion and you twist that all up in your pathetie little mind…… get a life a hole

  • Barbara

    @Barbara: Jackman reinvents Valjean and he’s able to touch the (competent) audience, showing them all the hard work behind his acting. I know, American audience likes a lot maniacal and very cold perfectionism, but it’s not acting, this is called aping someone. You are not able to understand the praiseworthy Hugh’s effort and the human warmth of his character. Les Mis ‘purists’, because of their annoying snobbishness often out of place, have made a great disservice to the original play and its actors, burying Hooper’s movie even before it was filmed. That extremist fandom with blinkers and its stubborn stance so derogatory regardless, just got to arouse a sense of annoyance and dislike against them and against Les Mis theatrical actors too. Their fanatical fervor is really counterproductive and showed them as people particularly dull, really sad. So, dear fan of Les Mis Broadway version, if you are full of prejudices and you’re going to criticize, burying this movie under a mountain of pedantic comparisons, spitting judgments on the worthy efforts of the actors…please, next time STAY AT HOME. Thanks.

  • tic

    @Barbara: wow, you are really stupid….. sure wasted alot of your time bashing and whining…..

  • BS

    @Barbara: why are you getting your knickers in such a twist Babs over an opinion? all your ranting means so very little…. look in the mirror clown girl

  • Danielle


    It’s actually neither Le Mis or Le Miz. It’s Les Miz, that’s always been the correct abbreviation through the show’s run.

  • Rodrigo Medeiros

    Oh Dear Adam <3

  • OhPlease

    Personally I think that a man who hosts Divas Live and calls himself a Diva is the last person to criticize being “faux” or “pretend” anything. Please put him in a corner somewhere. He’s annoying.

  • mikeLA

    Although I did like the movie, Russel Crowe was totally miscast. Adam has a right to his opinion but then again, his makeup is the worse. Maybe he should leave the makeup to people who actually know how to apply it. Kind of the same complaint he has about singers.

  • Steventf

    One of the unfortunate “perks” of our current hyper tech world is that anyone can express their opinion…and anyone can become relevant regardless of how pedistrian their talent…Adam Lambert…Really? Bitter party of one…your table is ready !!

  • Matt

    Frankly yes. Half the time, I thought they weren’t so much singing the score as whispering it.

  • jacqueline

    So, from the main cast, he pretty much said everyone was great except for Hugh, Russell, Amanda and EDDIE. Kinda sounds like he auditioned and didn’t get it…
    He was unusually harsh, though. Shouldn’t have been (my opinion), especially because he’s good! I’ve seen him “dancing through life” on youtube.

  • thomas fines

    Say what you will. He is definitely kind of a goober. But his point is right on. The singing was distracting and the quality poor. If they wanted to make a drama, why not do away with the singing and produce a movie. If they wanted a musical, and the music of le mis is incredible, use performers who have a worthy instrument for singing!

    It was obvious they didn’t sacrifice on the orchestration. It sounded fabulous. What if they had brought in a bunch of old and sub par instruments or muscians who couldn’t play professionally? It would have made no more sense than using actors who couldn’t sing.

  • Sean

    I love how Adam’s elderly fag hags defend him by saying he has a long history in musical theater but they don’t say he never got out of the chorus in those years and was never on Broadway.

    They also act like he invented singing when in fact his voice is unbearably screechy and he’s an ugly freak anyway.

    His cds and singles all flopped and the only work he can get is in countries desperate for any american acts they can get and all they can get are the dregs, the ones we don’t want.


    The problem is you cant sell a studio movie with singers who can act. you have to have some big recognizable names or the film wont sell at all.

  • adam

    silly sheep care about such silly non sense

  • robertmarc1

    Who asked you Adam

  • lspiderl


    while i dont agree with what he is saying to say adam is no adelle is simply absurd , adelle is n adam lambert , he has more vocal ange and ability than adelle could ever hope to have

    that doestn mean i love his music but he has one of the greatest voices on the freaking planet at the moment

  • Don

    Adam who? Is it that ugly girl in the picture? The one with way too much make-up? Just asking.

  • http://yahoo sweetpea

    For your information Adam. Hugh Jackman started his career in musical theater, leading to many broadway roles, and has won Atleast 2 Tony awards. Jackman has an excellent voice. Now run along adam, I hear eyeliner is on sale at Macys.

  • Angie

    I saw the trailer of this movie. Oh Lordy, it was painful to watch… Made me cringe to see Russell Crowe singing..I can’t see myself ever watching this movie in theatre, video or TV. Nope, uh,uh!! Horrid.

  • TBLover

    Just because Adam can screech better doesn’t make him a musical genius. Get over yourself Lambert, you are completely obsolete!

  • JAT

    Im sensing someone is a bit sore that he and his eye liner wasnt cast as Fontaine. Really Adam?? Must you screech out every note you’ve ever sang? Lasie could Fart out a better rendition of (enter any Adam Lambert bubble gum song here) Count On Adam to scream a High-E in every song to let us know how “good” he is. let us not forget these actors were gifted long before you lost American Idol….. Furthermore, if you didnt like it, then say you dont. Dont back peddle by telling twitter how bad it was by talking out of the side of your mouth and telling us how many actors were GOOD in the movie. Oh well Youre an idiot.

  • Chealsea

    @eve: He’s gone multi-platinum. I’m pretty sure he’s successful.

  • Hardy

    Actually Hugh Jackman is an excellent singer. His portrayal of Peter Allen on Broadway still gives me goose pimples. As for the other actors, I am not in a position to comment. However, Adam Lambert, although a decent singer, is not the most accomplished singer himself. I am just saying!!!!

  • http://yahoo sweetpea

    Your comment is 100% spot on!

  • Moyra

    He is a flaming jerk. He opinion is worthless.

  • lol


  • Vicki

    Lambert is entitled to his opinion, but I loved the movie. We all have our preferences for voices. I have always loved the music and the movie explained more to me. I thought they all did great.! Yes I grew up singing and performing. I had professional training. So I am very picky. I was blown away at how well Hugh Jackman could sing. I love the fact that they had a former Jean Val Jean play the priest. I did find myself wanting him to sing more. But all in all I really liked it and it struck much emotion in me. As has been said this was a movie. Remember that.

  • lol

    He said the actors can’t sing yet he praises them all. Sounds like someone wanted attention to me

  • Sean

    “He’s gone multi-platinum.”

    Where? In Uzbekistan? He flopped in America and that is all that counts.

  • http://yahoo Vicki

    He needs to sit down and SHAG OFF…. What a Douche Bag….

  • http://yahoo sweetpea

    @Hardy: Your comment is 100% spot on!

  • jackie

    I agree with Adam

  • Sean

    “he has one of the greatest voices on the freaking planet at the moment”

    Oh hell to the NO he does not. He’s a screeching freak monkey in horrid makeup.

  • Ouch

    Adam WHO? I for one loved the fact that they were not SINGERS, they are actors telling a story. I thought they did an amazing job and the fact that it was not STUDIO’ed made me love it more, it felt more real, authentic, dirty and poor which is ultimately what this film is about. Rising above what the world sees you as. So Mr or is it Ms Lambert, cant tell with all that makeup on. Shut up, learn something about authenticity and realism when making movies.

  • kksunko

    @j: your an ass

  • http://Markraggz@twitter raggz

    @BEAN: Adam is only bashing the male stars…. guess he thought he should have been cast? God I hate gay guys that always have to be a whiny lil bitch

  • elmoe

    scroll back to the top and tell me Adam has any room to slam Anyone!

  • Vamroc

    Hugh Jackman won a TONY AWARD for best male performance in a MUSICAL the last time I checked they don’t give that ward to people who suck.

    Ann Hathaway is a great singer just watch Ella Enchanted anyone with doubts about how good her voice is NEEDS to see that film.

    As for Crowe he’s not pretending anything his singing carreer was established LONG before he became famous the problem Crowe has is that he is in a film with FAR superior voice talent. Personally they should have gone with Anthony Stewart Head who is a terrific actor & a great singer (As any fan of Buffy will tell you)