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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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  • Bren

    @Issie: omg are you for real? Queen picked him to tour Europe with them, Adam is rated at #2 all time male rock vocalist…. you don’t know anything about music if you think he can’t sing… you are looking very foolish.. omg….

  • Mandy

    @WT: You know, the one that you sought out when you clicked on this article to read it. He’s the one that has the honor of being Queen’s last front man, the one they hand-picked to go on tour with them to fill in for the world’s greatest rock vocalist, Freddie Mercury. I believe the only other one they went on tour with was Paul Rodgers. Pretty elite club.

  • Mandy

    @Kristen: You must be a Kris Allen fan. In case you didn’t know, he sold less than half what Adam sold, couldn’t sell out venues of 500, and got dropped from his label. Most people internationally think Adam won since he was way more popular. In fact, I even see him called the winner in US articles, entertainment sites in fact.

  • Linda

    Russell Crowe just cannot sing. This movie proved it. He needs to stop making excuses for it like blaming the director.

  • Linda

    Love all the uber Russell Crowe fans here rushing to Crowe’s defense!LOL!!!

  • creed

    That is so true!! A recording Studio can make anyone sound good, plus I love that Russell did NOT sensationalize Adams opinion

  • Gemini

    I loved “Les Miserable” but I also understand Adam’s critique. What I don’t understand is how people are taking his words and making it a bigger deal than it is. The man had an opinion and voiced it to his million+ followers on Twitter, so what? Isn’t that why people including celebrities have Twitter accounts? Why take what he says about a movie so personally that you have to be insulting by throwing homophobic slurs at him and saying he is jealous or not qualified to judge someone’s singing? He has the right to share his opinion on his own Twitter account and he is a trained singer, whether or not you like his voice. The man has sung on stage in musicals, small clubs, cruise ships, huge arenas, television shows and albums. He has made a living as a singer and has many friends who are also in the music community, too. The man lives and breathes music and he is also a big fan of “Les Miserable” so he felt a little let down. I have felt let down by many film versions of my favorite musicals (Dreamgirls, Mamma Mia and A Chorus Line to name a few) so why would Adam be any different? Oh, and I really hate when people type “Adam Who?”, just because YOU may never have heard of him doesn’t mean anything. He has a very successful career and because his fan base is so devoted and supportive of him, he will be around for a long time and that is the kind of career a performer should aim to have. There are far too many performers who come out with one or two hit songs and then disappear because they don’t have the fan support to sustain their careers for years and years but Adam will. As far as I am concerned, Adam can say whatever he wants, I will always be a devoted fan of his.

  • Jenny

    Big fan of both of them, and I’m glad to read his response.

  • Phyllis

    Very real comment from Mr. Crowe and appreciate his position in agreeing with Mr. Lambert’s overall statement. I also found some aspects of the music discordant and distracting. And a true trained vocalist as Adam must have really been sensitive to the sound. Yes indeedy, it is raw, and for some, this conveyed exactly the feel the director wished. I’m sure the awards will be plentiful, but this doesn’t nullify the fact that the music quality could have been tweeked a little for those of us with a bit of an ear.

  • Tunnel

    Who cares…at the end of the day, in today’s environment, all pub is good pub. Les Mis just got a free marketing boost courtesy of Adam Lambert.

  • cathym

    So Russell Crowe agrees with Adam Lambert hmm..another honest person not afraid to let someone have an opinion.Thats new , seriously Russell is not only an actor but a musician he understood Adams point and apparently he kinda agrees. Luv that he gave an explaination for the Director and we can all discuss, why that was actually Adams last point LETS Discuss no drama and no need to Slam anyone . Gotta luv Lambert he sure does promote dialogue LOL!

  • Sally

    By Russell saying “i don’t disagree with Adam” also means he is not agreeing with Adam either.

    He played the part the way the Director wanted it “raw & real” …….so Adam saying the singers were not good enough misses the point.

    As Russel said the director could have ” sweetened” the vocals but didn’t, the whole idea was about showing raw emotion through the singing AND ACTING. That’s why they hired ACTORS who could sing otherwise it would be a copy of a theatre production.

    I understand what Adam was saying but it’s not just all about the singing, that’s why Jackman & Hathaway have both nominated for awards for their performances.

    If you want to see just a musical, go see it on Broadway & if you only want to hear pitch perfect singing listen to the cd version. This is a movie version with actors who sing live.

  • JennaLee23

    I have much respect for Russell Crowe. Since the articles about Adam’s critique went global maybe Adam should work for the LA Times. Adam talks and people listen

  • reader

    Adam was just saying what many of the movie reviewers and normal fans said about the show. I’d already heard enough about the singing to know that I wasn’t going to rush into the theater to see this. The media attention is hilarious tho.

    And yes Sally, I do expect to hear good singing in a movie musical. When so many people complain about the singing it’s a flaw – not a compliment to the show.

  • mimi

    Russell didn’t exactly agree with Lambert… his comments were to the effect that Tom Hooper wasn’t going for the sweetest stage singing… he was going for raw and immediate. Thing is, Lambert, who has a fine voice, as do many, was focusing on pure singing… while the film requires great acting AND singing ability. Those are absolutely there in the film. Les Mis the film is not a stage show. It’s not a concert. It’s a drama set to music.

  • Cubic

    @Kristen:
    Many people are on the same page with Adam regarding Les Miserables. Nobody cares about what others think. But when Adam finally says it, suddenly he’s the ‘Mr Know-it-all’ and the ‘loser’…
    If Russell Crowe himself agreed with Adam, it just means he isn’t biased and he’s man enough to admit that there are some truth to Adam’s thoughts.

    The question you should be asking is ‘where is the winner’? Adam lost on Idol (due to obvious homophobic reasons) but he’s winning at everything now. He was invited by the legendary Brian and Roger to front Queen, and he’s also invited by China to perform in front of 2.6billion viewers! If you don’t consider this winning, then what is? The reason Lambert can reach this level of success is because it’s no longer based on ‘one person casting multiple votes’. Hard work and real talents coupled with a great personality are what he is made of and he is a testament of an underdog who has been misunderstood and discriminated on but is able to rise above all odds and find success with his bare hands and his big heart.
    Those who don’t know him have made up assumptions and said horrid things. Those who are open-minded enough to get to know him will eventually find themselves loving him to death! He’s not easy to understand. He has multiple layers to his personality and he is intelligent and sophisticated, and, because of what he went through in life, he actually has great life lessons to teach and touch every single person.
    From a reality show, he’s able to gain millions of fans worldwide in just a few short years. Only a person with real talents and real beauty inside and out is able to win that many hearts. And only a jealous or ignorant fool will overlook this part and continue to spew hatred – we can see a few here… *tsk* *tsk* *tsk*

  • Shesh

    @mimi: Due to it’s origin, it is actually the other way around for many – music set to drama, that’s why it fell short.

  • Truth

    Adam Lambert is a jackass. Class response from Crowe.

  • mimi

    Les Mis the film needed great actors who could sing. That’s quite different from hiring singers and hoping you can teach them to act. Russell’s vocals are just fine considering … and his acting in the film is terrific, as always. He was gracious about Lambert’s comments, agreeing to a point. But what doesn’t come through all that thoroughly via twitter’s short responses is that Russell respects that Tom Hooper the director decided that he wanted raw and real singing to accompany the drama… this is a film, after all, not a stage performance. I loved it !! And I think Russell is a class act.

  • MariaDTR17

    Adam Lambert – I LOVE YOU!!! Come see us in Brasil!!

  • MariaDTR17

    Ooops sorry. I am not a good typist. I meant to say Adam Lambert – I LOVE YOU!!! Come see us in Brazil!!

  • Kristen

    I can’t help but laugh at these comments. Hell hath no fury like a fat tweenage girl drooling over a gay man!

  • Lini

    @Kristen: Who did win American Idol that year?
    Anyone remember? Oh yeah.

  • J. Taylor

    @Angel:

    I think he is gracious AND probably wishes the director had sweetened his vocals. What professional wants their work to be less than stellar? Adam owns up when he gives a less than stellar performance. That’s why I really admire both Adam & Russell.

  • LT

    Never saw Les Mis live but went to see the movie NYE and again on New Years day. Adam Lambert was spot on in his review IMHO. Loved the movie but Crowe ( singing) was the weak spot, and sorry to say AT TIMES Jackman too. And anyone who thinks Lambert has no business critiquing (not slamming) the singing has never heard his performances of “The Prayer” or “Come To Me Bend To Me”.

  • BIKERX

    Who could possibly give a flying finnegan what Adam Lambert thinks ??

    Did he suddenly become an expert on something ?

  • http://jusjared.com Jason

    Exactly Jakie. Jared was one of the first to start this mess.

  • yuck

    he is a wanna be Freddy Mercury. and probably lives Freddie’s demise lifestyle too

  • hay

    Russell Crowe might be weak vocally but his actual acting is probably the best in the film. Love that guy.

  • Amber

    Good answer Crowe!!!

  • Lea

    @Mandy: @Sue: before your orders to know my background, I’m from Argentina, and I live four months a year in England, because my fiance plays polo and a couple of months in France, Mexico and Spain, among others. Reading the comments from all of you here I realize that the fan club of this dude met in this post to “defend” him or whatever. I just wanted to clarify that in the real world, Adam is not well-known in the world outside the U.S., beyond what his propaganda machine broadcast in your country.

  • Lea

    @Sue: @Mandy: before your orders to know my background, I’m from Argentina, and I live four months a year in England, because my fiance plays polo and a couple of months in France, Mexico and Spain, among others. Reading the comments from all of you here I realize that the fan club of this dude met in this post to “defend” him or whatever. I just wanted to clarify that in the real world, Adam is not well-known in the world outside the U.S., beyond what his propaganda machine broadcast in your country.

  • Anna

    I don’t agree with Adam at all. I have been a fan of this musical for the last 15 years and have seen it several times on stage, so I had high expectations. and my expectations were met!!! I LOVED the rawness of it. It seemed more emotional, more real, than the theatrical performance. State performances are meant to focus on the music and voice talent. A movie is the whole package, more detailed, more expressive. I can’t wait to see it again!

  • Anna

    I don’t agree with Adam at all. I have been a fan of this musical for the last 15 years and have seen it several times on stage, so I had high expectations. and my expectations were met!!! I LOVED the rawness of it. It seemed more emotional, more real, than the theatrical performance. State performances are meant to focus on the music and voice talent. A movie is the whole package, more detailed, more expressive. I can’t wait to see it again!

  • bingdingywngy

    My favorite part of the movie was that they weren’t great singers – they were great actors.

  • http://@RedRoseQueen1 RedRoseQueen1

    @funbunn40: Thank you Fun. Your own comment was also well thought out and spot on! Amazing to see how some folks not only continue to cling to their Bibles and guns but also to their ignorance and phobias. Both Crowe and Lambert are classy artists. Happy New Year to you.

  • Blake

    Have any of you that are criticizing Adam Lambert read his original tweets?
    All he pointed out was that the singing (other than Anne Hatheway) would have been better prerecorded, which most people would probably agree with.
    He had nothing but praise for every other aspect of the movie, especially the acting.

  • AgnesAmes

    Love Adam for being so honest.

  • Mandy

    @yuck: And how many singers have the honor of being asked by Queen to front them for a tour? Wasn’t Paul Rodgers the only other one? The tour got RAVE reviews, and changed the minds of the skeptical Queen fans who attended. This is a FACT that cannot be disputed. Even Classic Rock magazine named it one of the best moments of 2012 and that was not a poll.

  • Mandy

    @Lea: But you are WRONG!!!!!! How could he have gotten gold and platinum certifications in all those other countries? Why was he the only Westerner asked to perform on The Voice in China? Why is he one of the few western acts who has a Weibo account (Chinese Twitter/Facebook)? Why was he asked to perform at the MAMA awards in Hong Kong? Why does he have all these gigs in Asia, Russia, and Europe? How could he have just performed in South Africa to a crowd of 16K? They wouldn’t invite him if there was no demand. How could have had a world-wide tour of 110 venues if he was barely known? Seriously, I cannot believe how flawed your logic is.

  • DEREK

    Adam Lambert? Criticizing their singing?

    Let’s see,
    Hugh Jackman, Tony Award
    Eddie Redmayne, Tony Award
    Samantha Barks, handpicked by ALW

    [Most of the rest have been on Broadway. (and I do agree that Crowe absolutely sucked)]

    Adam Lambert, couldn’t win an amateur singing contest.

    So… really?

    You guys can defend the importance of his opinions and his popularity all you want, but it matters just as much as Kim Kardashian’s or Justin Bieber’s opinion of what talent is.

  • Mandy

    @Lea: Additionally why would over 200 media outlets pick up on this story if he was only known in the US? If he was really not known in any other country, then no foreign media outlet would pick it up. But they did and they usually do this when they think they can get hits. His tweets are even showing up in a printed mainland China and Hong Kong newspapers.

  • Mandy

    @DEREK: Jared missed a lot of what Adam actually said. He offered praise for several performers, including Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of Fantine, Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen as the Thenardiers, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras and Samantha Barks as Eponine. And if you think Adam cannot sing, YouTube “Adam Lambert Brigadoon”, show it to any vocal coach or opera singer, and come back here and tell me he can’t sing. He was hand-picked by the legendary band Queen to fill in for the world’s greatest rock vocalist, Freddie Mercury. They went on tour and had rave reviews. Do you really think Queen would risk their reputation on someone who couldn’t sing?

  • Lee

    @Lea: You’re so out of touch as to what Lambert is doing as to be ridiculous. Go to youtube or google him and get in touch with reality.

  • Maria

    @Kristen: @Kristen: I am sorry to see that your thinking is so limited. Even at this day and age.

  • MJ

    Marc Jacobs has been torturing a young a girl for 5 years and stealing her fashion designs, he is obsessed with her and he copies everything she does… read the details and see the photos in this article: http://styleangelique.blogspot.hu/2012/12/marc-jacobs-godfather-in-sponge-bob.html

  • Lea

    @Lee: @Mandy: oh lord! you guys are the typical Yankees who have no idea what goes on outside of their little world. I do not need to go to google or youtube to know anything, I am part of the rest of the world, I live with people around the world, I live the media around the world. It is useless to talk to people so closed minded as you. A shame.

  • sid

    why are you making a big deal out of Adam’s opinion on a movie? why is it news? How is his opinion relevant?

  • Sue

    @an opinion:

    He’s had experience in musical theater, and knows@Lea:

    No, what that means is you and your friends are not fans. It’s fascinating that his comments have been picked up by more media outlets than anyone’s, aside from the actors in the movie itself. If he’s such a nobody, why is this story still making the rounds days later. If no one cares what he had to say, they wouldn’t bother clicking on this or any of the other myriad, GLOBAL articles that have run with his comments.

  • Sue

    @Anna:

    There you go – THAT is a completely reasonable response to Adam’s critique. He had an opinion; you had one that differed. You both expressed them without attacking anyone. Shame others can’t do the same.

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