Adam Lambert Criticizes 'Les Miserables' Score, Slams the Cast's Singing Skill

December 31, 2012 03:21:29 GMT

The 'Better Than I Know Myself' singer says that the 'live singing' method to record the score failed, adding, 'Why not cast actors who could actually sound good?'

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The singing skills showcased by "Les Miserables" stars are not good enough for Adam Lambert. The "American Idol" graduate rips the cast members like Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried in a series of tweets when giving his review for the movie.

"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," he tweeted, before adding, "Dreamgirls was good."

The singer made the exceptions for Anne Hathaway (Fantine), Aaron Tveit (Enjolras), Helena Bonham Carter (Madame Thenardier), Sacha Baron Cohen (Thenardier), and Samantha Barks (Eponine). He said Carter and Cohen were "great," and called Barks "cool."

"I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals," he opined. "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?" he continued, before concluding, "Sorry for being so harsh but it's so True!"

Earlier this year, director Tom Hooper explained why he's against the studio recording for the songs in the movie. "Singing live has such a profound effect on the power and realism of this story," he reasoned. Crowe added, "There's an emotion level to singing live that just can't be recreated in the studio."


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posted by Half Asleep in the M on Dec 31, 2012
Les Miz, good if you like that kinda movie. Still prefer the play though. Who is Adam Lambert?
posted by Spambert on Dec 31, 2012
Today I learned that Adam Lambert thinks he is important.
posted by Poop on Dec 31, 2012
What do you want from them? Who is Adam Lambert again?
posted by Snide on Dec 31, 2012
A pathetic attempt to revive your own career through attacking those more successful than yourself Lambert. Les Mis was brilliant, and the movie wasn't an attempt to copy the stage production, it is an entity in itself. Plus I truly enjoyed all the singers, even Russell Crowe wasn't unbearable to listen to. I'd take many of them over your screaming any day.
posted by abigailsti on Dec 31, 2012
The only questionable singer was Javert, the rest were amazing.
posted by LKeels on Dec 30, 2012
Is Adam Lambert relevant to anyone? Not me.

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