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Russell Crowe: I Agree with Adam Lambert's 'Les Mis' Opinion

Russell Crowe: I Agree with Adam Lambert's 'Les Mis' Opinion

Russell Crowe has responded to criticism from Adam Lambert on the actors in Les Miserables “pretending to be singers”.

When a fan sent the 48-year-old actor a tweet saying, “Not sure if you saw @adamlambert’s comments about Les Miserables. He was pretty opinionated,” Russell sent back a response.

“I don’t disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, [director Tom] Hooper wanted it raw and real, that’s how it is,” Russell wrote.

In case you missed it, read Adam‘s full opinion on the Les Miserables film.

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  • Jennifer

    Big fan of Adam, and I’m glad to see you posting Russel’s response, Jared :D I’m seeing the movie in a few days, but at least I’ll go into it knowing what to expect since I had such high expectations from the stage productions.

  • NYC

    Who cares what Adam Lambert thinks.
    He’s a self-appointed know it all.
    I love the way losers criticize hard work and genius.
    Get a life Adam Lambert. No one will know your name in a few years.

  • Rachel

    Glad Russell chimed in. Love that Adam feels free to give an opinion when he feels strongly about something, tho he’s the first to say that it’s HIS opinion and no one else needs to accept it. And YOU, NYC, are a jerk;;;;;;;;; just my opinion. HaHa Take it or leave it.

  • Sam


    The Press from all over the world (the US, the UK, Hong Kong, etc) have been reporting Adam Lambert’s ‘Les Mis’ opinions in the past few days. So, obviously, people care about what he thinks. Are you jealous of him?

  • mlm

    Suck on that all you haters!!!

  • Sam

    I have so much respect for Russell Crowe now. Thanks for this article, Just Jared!

  • http://@Iamalsocarmit carma

    I agree with both of them!! great film- but poor vocals. so nice that Russel Crow is as honest and as a gentleman as Adam. so nice to be able to just SHARE OPINIONS like adults.

  • http://@RedRoseQueen1 RedRoseQueen1

    Unlike a certain poster here, Mr.Crowe is a class act and admitted the reason for Lambert’s understandable complaints.(Lambert did, after all, lay the blame at the feet of the producers/directors) Have to admire a star who doesn’t take himself so seriously that he can’t take criticism. Lambert himself is very familiar, (more so than Crowe, I’d imagine) with being lambasted in the media. He shrugs it off and keeps going just as I’m sure Mr. Crowe does.Hat’s off to BOTH these gentlemen! Thanks Jared.

  • TOI

    Well, NYC, the difference between you and Russell Crowe is that Russell has class. I loathe the way losers like yourself come on these sites just to spew hate all the time. Adam Lambert has a great life and millions and millions of fans worldwide. What do you have?

  • Michele


    well you must care since you take the time to read and comment. hahahaha!!!!

    The “self appointed know-it-all” has lots of experience and knows the opera well, since he grew up with it and has many years of experience in musicals, plus vocal training and is a highly skilled vocalist, so … you don’t make any sense.

    Also, as stated by others, Adam’s tweets have been “reported” by at least 65 different forms of media, apparently there are LOTS of people interested in his opinion about a movie. LOL

    You must be a bitter idol fan whose idol hasn’t done so well. I don’t understand why people blame Adam because their idols can’t make it.

  • Kristen

    Which season of Idol did Lambert win? Oh yeah…

  • http://@cordaleme Eriskay Cavan

    The media has hyped this up so much knowing that the haters would react. Thank you Mr. Crowe for such a classy response. I’m a big fan of yours and Adam. Slainte!

  • http://@cordaleme Eriskay Cavan

    @Sam Definitely, Sam! Although they would never admit to it.

  • Drinks

    Nice respond.

  • http://RespectTheBert Jennifer

    I’ve been seeing all these hate comments regarding Adam Lambert and all I have to say is I’m sorry your idol is not doing well career-wise, but why spew all this hate on Adam. You guys have been going from one news site to another spewing hate. It’s really sad so STFU and get a life and stop following Adam from one site to the next. Your ignorance is showing – big time.

  • Sinc

    Adam Lambert never “slammed” anyone. He was merely giving his opinion but the internet bloggers sensationalized it. He always is polite and respectful in giving his opinions. Also uses his Twitter account to send out accolades and promote other artists all the time. Not only is he a good guy but very talented. Had a Number 1 album in 2012, is touring globally and performed as frontman for Queen at 6 concerts this past summer. Thanks Russell for bringing the media back to its sanity. Thanks Jared for picking up on this.

  • Issie

    the difference between russell and adam…russell has class.

    i know everyone will say adam was just stating his opinion, but who the hell asked for it? he can barely sing himself. saying these actors were PRETENDING to be singers was not necessary to say

  • Jakie

    jared It’s great that you posted Russell’s response, but you were one of the first to start the avalanche of sensational headlines that slammed Lambert for slamming (which he did not do at all) — and then traveled around the world. Why can’t the media be more even-handed, like Russell!

  • Amelia

    Adam Lambert was simply expressing an opinion, and Russell Crowe is adult enough to respect his opinion. Refreshing.

  • http://RespectTheBert Jennifer

    Mr. Crowe is a class act and a gentleman. And, as someone stated above, “suck that all you haters”!

  • Rob

    Very classy, Russell. He knows the truth and he’s not afraid to acknowledge it. Just like Adam isn’t afraid to be honest in his opinions. Refreshing, both of them.

  • http://@RedRoseQueen1 RedRoseQueen1

    According to MOST of the INTERNATIONAL community, Lambert “won” Naturally it may come as a surprise to you but while Allen was “declared” winner of Season 8 (much the same way GW Bush was “appointed” POTUS by the SCOTUS) Allen has had no success & subsequently was dropped from his label while Lambert continues to tour world-wide and fill venues and not his “living-room” Oh and there’s that pesky little matter of fronting the legendary Queen Band in 6 large venues in eastern Europe and the UK to RAVE reviews. The sparkle was off that worthless AI crown the moment the season ended but a true STAR was born in the person of Adam Lambert, sorry. ~SNAP!~

  • Angel

    Don’t fall for it, people. Crowe pretends to be gracious here, but in reality, he hates that his performance in LesMis has been generally negative. And “raw and real” worked for Jackman and Hathaway, but not for Crowe. Crowe was mediocre at best, but didnt pass muster.

  • JustinCrowe

    Love my job, since I’ve been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I’m making it online(Click on menu Home)

  • http://@RedRoseQueen1 RedRoseQueen1

    Your complete ignorance SHOULD annoy me but I’m feeling magnanimous, so I’m simply amused. Please proceed…..

  • Ava

    @Angel: yeah… russel crowe… :/ he wasn’t horrible but I felt like he had the same facial expression the whole time and was more focused on his singing. Someone commented that Joquian (sp?) Phoenix would’ve been better with that character but Crowe did the best he could, I guess.

  • Sue

    @Issie: You’re feeling free to express your opinion, yet Adam’s not allowed to? He was expressing it to his twitter feed, who do enjoy hearing his opinion, and do respect that opinion, knowing that it’s based in skill and experience. You have the right to the opinion that you don’t like his voice, though stating that ‘he can barely sing’ shows you don’t have a basic understanding of the vocal instrument. Adam does, and apparently so does Russell Crowe, who was very classy in his response.

  • http://twitter funbunn40

    @RedRoseQueen1: Well said. Adam was not at all malicious or specifically named Russell Crowe or Hugh Jackman, main characters, just applauded Anne Hathawaysvocal ability. He respected all in the film’s acting ability and spoke positively about the production. He commented as a trained theatrical pro, very familiar with the opera.He also knows many talented vocalists that remain unknown because Hollywood depends on celebrities for box office draw. All of the actors in the film are talented and accomplished. Adam was only speaking of the quality of voice needed for an opera production, nothing more.Those in an uproar need to see the comments for what they were and not read anything more into it. Adam and Russell are class acts and get it. I love the play and will see the movie. I also agree with Adam’s trained opinion and believe he , like anyother has a right to express it. Those familiar with Adam know that he has a good heart and any criticismis meant to help, not hurt and comes from a good place. Thanks RedRose Queen1. You get it. and Thankyou Jared for posting Russell’s response in such a reasonable way.:)

  • Pam

    I saw Les Mis and loved the movie, in spite of problems with some of the singing. Even the critics/reviewers deducted points because of it. Adam Lambert’s an incredible singer, so of course the singing would be more important and noticeable to him. Adam’s a class act, giving due credit to great acting performances. Russell Crowe’s a class act, recognizing one: that he’s not a singer and two: that its okay to have an opinion.

  • Mandy

    Barely sing? He was hand-picked by the legendary band Queen to stand in for the world’s greatest rock vocalist Freddie Mercury. Do you really think they would risk their reputation on someone who couldn’t sing? And by the way, they got RAVE reviews and were voted top live act of 2012 by Gigwise. If he couldn’t sing, he wouldn’t have sold out concerts (he was 2nd top earning idol 2 years ago earning $6 million) and he would not be on a world tour now with venues as large as 20K.

  • http://@glitzylady glitzylady


    Adam Lambert gave his honest opinion just like so many others who have seen the movie have done, including those of professional reviewers/critics. Some have said the same things. It’s had mixed reviews. Some positives, some negatives. Mr. Lambert has many years of Musical Theater experience, extensive vocal training since the age of 10 (20 years worth for both), and most important here to this particular discussion, he has a right to express an opinion. I suspect he did not think it would be picked up by gossip and news programs/blogs worldwide. Who knew. He probably was wondering the same thing that you asked, to be honest. We all have that option of sharing our impressions of what we think of a certain subject. You yourself did just that in this comment section: you told us all what you think. So I may ask the same question of you that you just expressed here. Mr. Lambert also stated that he had grown up with the musical version of “Les Miserables”, as so many have, (I’ve personally seen it twice as a Broadway musical, with fabulous and well trained voices all around) and he had certain expectations with the vocal renditions, and as a consequence his ability to fully enjoy the movie was reduced at times. Thats all he was saying. It makes sense that he would be disappointed, given his field of work and vocal training. He was not criticizing the actors themselves, only some of the casting choices in regards to singing competence, in his opinion. You stated your unsolicited opinion that Adam “can barely sing himself”. I and many other experts in the field of music beg to differ with you on that. But I do subscribe to the American concept of free speech, so opine away. I suggest you permit Adam Lambert to have an opinion as well. Russell Crowe is indeed a classy and honest man, as is evidenced by his tweet regarding Adam Lambert’s comments, which he said he actually agreed with, and is also a very fine actor…Adam is also a classy, generous, honest, and humble man, with a fabulous singing voice. Here is one tweet from Adam that is not generally included in the reports about his tweets: He also stated: ” ‏@adamlambert I’m so glad we are all discussing this now! Look-I grew up w this musical and so my expectations are quite high. Didn’t mean to b negative.” It all in the expectations. His were not met. And he did say many positive things as well. And in the whole scheme of things, its not that deep. : ))

  • waffles

    Crowe’s performance was pure genius and perfectly reflected the character he was portraying, a flawed character but one who has the strength of his convictions. The entire casting for this movie was outstanding. No film has ever moved me as much as this one did.
    Who’s Adam Lambert anyway? Never heard of him.

  • Lea

    @Sam: I’m not American, and let me clarify you that no one outside the U.S. knows who Adam Lambert is.

  • Mandy

    @Lea: That’s funny because he had a 99% sold out world tour right after Idol of more than 110 venues (first Idol to do so on first album) and he is touring now in Asia, Russia, and Europe with venues as large as 20K. He has gold and/or platinum certifications in many countries including US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Finland, Germany, and Denmark. He just fronted Queen for 6 concerts and got rave reviews, even voted top live act of 2012 by Gigwise. Just had a concert in South Africa with 16K attendance. What country do you live in? He has fan clubs all around the world.

  • Sue

    @Lea: Actually he’s got a large following outside the U.S. He just put on a NYE performance at a luxury resort in Bali,and is currently in Viet Nam for a performance. He fronted for Queen this past summer, and will be performing in Finland, Russia, and China, among other locations this spring.
    He commented on his Twitter feed, he didn’t demand an interview to state his opinions. He has no control over the fact that more than 65 media outlets picked up his comments all over the globe. Obviously, someone thinks what he says matters, or this wouldn’t have happened.

  • Mandy

    @waffles: You must not get out much. What country do you live in? He was hand-picked by the legendary band Queen to stand in for the world’s greatest rock vocalist Freddie Mercury. He got rave reviews and was voted top live act of 2012 by Gigwise. Have you heard of Queen and Freddie Mercury? He also has a successful career of his own, selling over 2 million albums and over 5 million singles world-wide in just a couple of years. He was the 2nd highest earning idol the year he did his world-wide tour earning $6 million.

  • an opinion

    Movie star Russell Crowe and probably most people going to see the movie could care less what a loser from American Idol thinks.

  • Mandy

    @an opinion: The actual winner sold less than half of what Adam sold and was dropped from his label. Meanwhile, Adam just toured with the legendary band Queen and is now touring on his own in Asia, Russia, and Europe. Earned $6 million on his last world tour. Not too shabby for a “loser”. Do you make that much money?

  • an opinion

    Sue @ 01/02/2013 at 12:50 am

    Thumb up Thumb down +2

    @Lea: Actually he’s got a large following outside the U.S.
    —So does David Hasselhoff. But does not mean he is now an expert in doing musical films.

  • Mandy

    So funny when people are claiming that Adam is not successful when he was the second highest earning idol in 2011 earning $6 million. He probably makes more than any of the people here making the ignorant comments. And to be fronting the legendary band Queen in place of the world’s greatest rock vocalist, Freddie Mercury, for 6 shows, including one with a 250K audience. That trumps anything that any reality show singing contestant has ever done. He probably got paid a lot for that too.

  • Mandy

    @an opinion: @an opinion:
    There were so many reviews by critics that the singing was bad. So what credentials do they have to judge singing? At least Adam has been singing in musicals since age 10, was classically trained, and sang in Wicked, Hair, and The Ten Commandments. Russell Crowe (as well as a lot of movie critics) already agrees with Adam, what more do you want?

  • cristy everywhere

    Adam’s comments were taken out of contest. Russel Crowe gets it. They are both gentlemen. Love Adam, and now, I love Crowe too.

  • Kelly

    Just my opinion, but I didn’t think what Adam Lambert said was that bad. He wasn’t cruel or demeaning in his comments; he just stated his professional opinion. And Russell Crowe responded with grace.

  • cristy everywhere

    I meant context… ☺

  • mlm

    @an opinion: Actually David Hasselhoff is popular in Germany. Adam is popular in Asia, Finland, NZ, Russia, Australia, Germany, Denmark, Canada and the list goes on. You don’t like him so you think the world doesn’t either. Well your wrong!!

  • Mandy

    @an opinion: If that is true then why are there so many comments on the 65+ articles on what he tweeted to his followers? Last I heard, one site had over 8K comments. Obviously they do care.

  • BS

    @NYC: suppose you feel that way about Crowe as well…. he knows it all too!! LOL!!!!

  • BS

    So awesome Adam expresses his opinion and Russell too with knowledge and intelligence , take that nutjob haters… pleasing the peasants….

  • Amanda

    I saw Les Miserable for the first time on stage in London, December 1986 and fell in love with the show. I have seen dozens of productions and have been waiting patiently since 1986 for it to be made in to a movie and I was not disappointed. I loved the movie and cried many times. I thought the cast was wonderful and even Russell Crowe was o.k. (although he did have the weakest singing voice). I also bought the movie soundtrack but for some reason I just can’t get into it. I much prefer hearing the original London soundtrack because they are actually singing on it and as a fan of the music, that is what I want to hear. The film is a much more intimate interpretation of the songs and when Hugh, Anne and the others “sing” their songs, it is with so much emotion that the singing becomes secondary which is what the director wanted to portray by having them sing live and with this film I think that it did pay off.

  • WT

    Lambert WHO?