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

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  1. 126
    Pete Says:

    All these old ladies with their old lady panties in a twist because they think Lambert slighted their hack Jackman. LOL!!!

    Sorry but Jackman should be named Hackman. FYI you old grannies Jackman could care less about you.

  2. 127
    Cindi Says:

    @Rebecca: umm Rebecca you forgot to change your username when you were responding to yourself pretending to be many different posters. LOL!! LOSER!

  3. 128
    Kiko Says:

    Are people actually debating that someone who has never stepped foot on Broadway or the west end or ANYWHERE where theater is recognized and prestigiously regarded as having more knowledge of it then a man who has preformed on every famous stage venue in the world, has not only won a tony but has hosted them not one but three times, is beloved by the theater community and most importantly is wolverine? I don’t think I wanna live on this planet anymore….

  4. 129
    Dalia Says:

    @Kiko: ok Kiko I’ll give you the rope. Sorry but it sucked. Jackman and Crowe sucked.

  5. 130
    Degault Says:

    @Kiko: Many other respected critics say the same thing but only ADAM gets in trouble! Like having a milion annoying siblings blaming u 4 everything

  6. 131
    adamrules Says:

    @eve: Wish I never clicked on your comment! But I did- You know absolutely nothing about this beautiful talented man- BTW- he blow david bowie out of the atmophere with his vocals and charisma!

  7. 132
    jess Says:


    1.Maybe we are just smart enough not to get on the wrong side of the Wolverine ;)
    2. Even at almost 50 he is A LOT more attractive then that Bill Kaulitz, Opps, sorry Adam Lambert. And I say this as an 18 year old.
    3. I saw a boy from oz and Hugh Jackman held a note for 37 seconds, 37 FREAKIN SECONDS – I’ve yet to see Adam Lambert do that.

  8. 133
    KO Says:

    @Pete: hey fugly

  9. 134
    adamrules Says:

    @eve: Eve I see your always bashing adam in other blogs as well- get a life- Adam is a wonderful human being- unlike you- What’s your problem?

  10. 135
    glamity58 Says:

    Adam is right, but should watch what he says. Russel Crowe was awful and it seems he couldn’t even act because of the singing. Hugh Jackman was fabulous to me because he could sing and his acting was great. I though Hugh stood out. I’m a huge Glambert and do agree with Adam although I wasn’t as impressed with Cohen and Helena Bonham Carter as he was. I hate how Hollywood always does this….they give non-singers roles in musicals to sell more tickets. Mama Mia was terrible that way and so was Rock of Ages putting Cruise in there.

    As musical theatre lovers we get tired of great singers being passed over. Eponene was very good I might add.

  11. 136
    glamity58 Says:

    He is a much better singer than Adele…sorry. And he can outsing just about anyone in this cast. But that’s not the point. Hollywood loves to cast big names who sing ok and throw in a few great singers. It’s not unusual.

  12. 137
    glamity58 Says:

    I totally agree with you. You are spot on as is Adam. Adam is just voicing his opinion, but of course America doesn’t want to hear the truth. I wish sometimes he wouldn’t say anything.

  13. 138
    Kinia Says:

    @glamity58: He can sing anyone of them in the cast. But yes to your point they will cast big time actors and not singers but to Adam Lambert’s point they should have taken the voices to the studio.

  14. 139
    Selene Says:

    it’s not an opera, it’s an operetta, there is a HUGE difference. It doesn’t follow the opera style at all. Just because something is entirely sung through doesn’t make it an opera

  15. 140
    mlm Says:

    What an ignorant remark from a f**king ignorant troll!!!

  16. 141
    creed Says:

    Okay, I understand Adams Tweet.. I don’t agree with it, but I understand it.
    But WTF was Evan Rachel Wood doing shoving herself into it? She is so beyond irrelavent and uncool, anyways, she is still bitter about getting rejected for the part of Eponine.

  17. 142
    jess Says:


    How is he a great person? He copies and steals everything he does and wears from a 22 year old German boy, and then bags him out in public. I don’t usually get involved in his threads because he is the scum between my toes, but seriously as to quote Daniel Radcliffe Entertainers should stick to doing what they do and let others get on with their jobs.
    Adam knows nothing of what it’s like to film a movie where you sing live (The sound of music didn’t for the record) and act at the same time. It is the hardest thing to do in entertainment, that’s why so few movies do it. In Theater you do a scene once and then move on. When you sing live for a film you do the scene over and over and over again because the camera has to capture you from different angles. So while it may seem to be one song sung consecutive it has actually been sung dozens of times and smacked together to form one scene. Hard, hard thing, I would never want to do it. These a very brave actors and actresses and should be applauded.
    Adam Lambert knows nothing of filming a normal movie let alone one such as this. THAT is why he doesn’t get an opinion, because he has no idea what he is talking about, or what it’s like to sing the same song 12 hours a day for how many days it take for the director to be happy while having to display that much emotion simultaneously.

  18. 143
    Go Adam Says:

    I completely agree with him. He is entitled to his opinion and its a good one. Having some training in theater doesn’t mean they can handle the music of Les Miserables. And the majority of the actors in it, couldn’t handle it.

    I am tired to death of reading “its real and it shows the emotions” because that to me is a slam on theater and Broadway, that THROUGH the singing show those emotions and the realism of the pain that they are going through.

    The did not do the music justice, and in fact, the lacking of the proper tone, of crazy vibrato everywhere, of not hitting the right notes, all added up to being distracting and hindering the story.

    But to each their own. Some people enjoyed it which is their right. I guess I just appreciate the musical aspect of the show to be satisfied with the movie version. So thank you Adam for that opinion, I agree.

  19. 144
    ari Says:

    So according to him and most of you commenators, film/stage actors with musical backgrounds aren’t “singers”, yet somehow think a singer like Adam can judge it when he’s not even an actor. Sure, he has theater training, so do a lot of people=that doesn’t mean they’re in anyway qualified to call someone a “pretend singer”. he’s been in musicals and performed on stage, he doesn’t know anything about film -it’s a completely different medium.

  20. 145
    victor10 Says:

    I agree with Lambert. Many movie musicals have less than stellar vocal performances.

  21. 146
    Pete Says:


  22. 147
    mlm Says:

    @lindsey: you’re an idiot. If you’re going to make statements about Adams career at least know what you are talking about.

  23. 148
    J.Taylor Says:

    @JBERM: Adam’s album Trespassing debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart FYI. He was the first out artist to have a #1 album.

  24. 149
    Pete Says:


  25. 150
    LE Says:


    You realize this is a bit like saying that “Death Becomes Her” is a good movie because Meryl Streep won the Oscar for her role in “Silkwood”? What on earth does Jackman’s Tony for “The Boy from Oz” have to do with his performance in “Les Miserables”? The roles of Peter Allen and Jean Valjean are not remotely similar and have very different demands. The fact that he did well in one role doesn’t mean that the other is a slam dunk. A lot of people have been saying that this is not a great performance from him, not just Lambert (who didn’t actually single any one actor out, by the way, except to praise Anne Hathaway).

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