Adam Lambert slams Les Misérables cast

The film adaptation of Les Misérables has been receiving rave reviews since it was released on Christmas day and many are praising the live vocal performance of the cast, which includes Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Amanda Seyfried. But not everyone is convinced. Singer Adam Lambert took to Twitter yesterday to share his thoughts on the production, and needless to say he was not too impressed, writing, “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. [sic]” He later added, “And I do think it was cool they were singing live – but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals.” The criticism continued with more posts that read, “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,” followed by, “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?”

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  1. Jonathan • December 31, 2012 @ 2:52 PM

    I think his points are valid, although I had to endure Mamma Mia and that movie cast couldn’t have been helped at all despite their studio recordings…ugh.

  2. tom • December 31, 2012 @ 3:13 PM

    It’s not whether I agree or disagree with what he says. Its more I rather don’t give a rat a** what he thought about the movie. Some washed up singer he is, begging for fame or something, he really doesn’t have the right to give a judgment that people should listen to. No one cares about his input, he just wants attention

  3. John • December 31, 2012 @ 3:55 PM

    Adam who? Yes, Adam “who cares what you think”….Actually Mr. Lambert, it’s not an opera, and if I’m not mistaken, didn’t Hugh Jackman win (or at least was nominated for) a Tony award in a musical? I think that the only actor who was even a bit out of place was Russell Crowe. However, I think the cast was alttle let down by director Tom Hooper, who’s camera could have benefited from taken one step back, so to get a better feel for the sets and make it not so closterphobic. This is a very minor set back for what I thought was excellent film-going experience. I think Mr. Lambert may be spouting sour grapes since he may have thought that the producers may actually be interested in him for a part. Thank God they did not make that mistake!!

  4. Michael Holmes • December 31, 2012 @ 4:10 PM

    Adam who? Adam, I have no idea how to dress myself, and my hair!!!!! Adam, what movie are you in this Christmas? Hugh Jackman did a musical tour of Toronto within the past year, Russel Crow has his own rock and roll band. Colm Wilkinson (The original Valjean) played an important part. How about the singing of Sash Cohen and Helen Bohnham Carter? (They were outstanding in Sweeny Todd). Oh well Adam, may as well apply for a job at McD’s, you obviously are unemployed. Great movie. Great Cast. Beautifuly filmed. Oscars guaranteed.

  5. LC • December 31, 2012 @ 4:22 PM

    Well at least the cast and crew WORKED for where they are unlike Adam who’s only fame is being on American Idol where he didn’t even win.

  6. mauro • December 31, 2012 @ 6:24 PM

    Adam is sooooo washed up! Funny he should be talking when all he can do is scream and screech through all his songs. Shut up and count your blessings because your fifteen minutes are up .

  7. theunknownsleeper • December 31, 2012 @ 6:43 PM

    It’s not an opera – it’s musical theater. Acting comes first, singing second. And Adam is one to talk – he’s a horrible singer. A wonderful gift he was given and he has absolutely no idea how to use it. Sounds like a cat in heat to me. Not every note has to be the “money” note.

  8. ZIppy • January 1, 2013 @ 3:39 AM

    The worst singer of the cast was Russel Crowe. The preview recordings bothered me, but the performances, for the most part, in the movie were really really good, even HIS. Should they have picked broadway stars rather than actors? Not really. Stage acting and movie acting are actually quite different things, and you want people that can and have done both, like say, Anna Hatheway and Hugh Jackman. Oh wait they DID that.

    Crowe was an odd choice in my view, but he held his own vocally. The only issues that got to me were the cutting of some of the songs and some of the word changes that seemed un-necessary. That was not their fault.

    As for the idea that they should have gone old school and pre-recorded everything, sorry, it would have been the Glee Les Miz special. It added a lot to the performance. It was different from the stage performance, but it didn’t LOOK lip synched which musicals usually do. Some of the performances were utterly heart wrenching because they were sung in character in the performance where they belonged.

    Lambert is a manufactured has-been that never really was. I found the audio mixing in the previews to be a little off. They seemed to have gotten most of that right for the final movie, because I enjoyed most of it.

  9. Paula Larivee • January 1, 2013 @ 5:39 PM

    OMG I love Adam, but he didn’t “get it”. It IS a movie, not an opera and done all the time. He does not know the meaning of genre. Need to do a bit of research Adam before you go making public statements about something you know nothing about. The whole movie was epic.

  10. Snepts • January 1, 2013 @ 8:32 PM

    There’s a reason it’s called TWITter…

  11. Raymond • January 1, 2013 @ 11:13 PM

    Who the heck is Adam Lambert? Apparently he isn’t that well known so perhaps he should just stick to karaoke in a bar because he for sure isn’t well known at all.

  12. sk • January 2, 2013 @ 10:58 AM

    Adam who? His failing career, must make him desperate to get any type of exposure! I don’t seem to recall him doing anything major. What happened did he try out for a part in the moivie and get rejected?

  13. C-Dub • January 2, 2013 @ 8:54 PM

    I haven’t seen the movie or the musical but commenting on people who apparently can’t sing… Hugh Jackman can actually sing as he’s been in live theatre and Anne Hathaway has sang in movies before along with the Oscars! Russell Crowe might not be known as a singer but he is in a band and can play instruments and I believe sing as well. Name a movie that sells tickets by not adding CGI or a dancing music video with lip sinq going on??? Or better lighting to make the stars look better. Enhancing the film experience is what it’s all about and always has been since movies began.
    Lambert had his 15 mins and maybe was turned down for a roll in the movie, who knows but don’t put down the cast and really the crew for doing their jobs and entertaining people.

  14. Evan • January 3, 2013 @ 9:22 AM

    Adam? Adam who? Give me a break, he’s a has-been!! He had his 5 minutes of fame, time to move on so we can completely forget about this Steven Tyler wannabe. He’s pretty much dropped off the radar already, so now he needs to stir up crap for attention.

  15. joel • January 3, 2013 @ 2:23 PM


  16. H8terade001 • January 3, 2013 @ 4:23 PM

    No one cares about what this FAG think. Just chimed in to say that.

  17. Erin • January 4, 2013 @ 10:44 PM

    While the tweets came off kind of rude, I can’t say that I entirely disagree. I don’t think it was so much a casting problem as it was a directing issue. I didn’t think that the actual vocals were that bad, but rather that portions of songs were kind of muttered or spoken (such as Who Am I?) and the melody line was lost which I found really disconcerting and distracted me from the story. I definitely don’t think the songs should have been belted out and be as dramatic as they are on a stage, but I think it would have been nice if they weren’t SO overpowered by the acting and there had been a bit more balance.

  18. Cris • January 9, 2013 @ 10:53 AM

    Okay all of you bad-mouthing Lambert are ridiculous. He doesn’t have to like the singing of the cast if he doesn’t want to and he’s certainly entitled to his opinion just as much as any critic. Yet you seem to take it personal? He didn’t call any of them names or cross the line with anything he said. Most of you have no idea what you’re talking about. He has done a number of musical theater productions so yes he does know musical theater. As for being washed up? Well he sang with Queen just last year so yeah I guess that is pretty washed up considering they’ll let just about anybody sing for them.

    We all know the reason why he didn’t win Idol. Most of you will deny it but I think it’s sad. I think “H8terade001” said it pretty clearly(fitting name) it’s because he’s a “fag.” F**k you dude you’re an asshole. I’ll keep my composure for everyone else but you. You are an asshole. Bet you wouldn’t have the balls to say anything like that to a large number of people in person. Adam was hands down the best vocalist that season and one of the best they’ve ever had only a fool would deny that.

  19. smedley • January 9, 2013 @ 6:24 PM

    Whiny litt’l fag

  20. Tool • January 13, 2013 @ 7:05 PM

    “…they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals.”

    You mean they should have went for the modern, pro tools, pitch corrected, faceless pap that marks your recorded output?

    Ya, that’s a great idea….

  21. Isobel • January 18, 2013 @ 7:29 AM

    I agree with tool, I think putting it though a machine would just make it bland, as Anne Hathaway said she didn’t want I dreamed a dream to be pretty, it doesn’t work with the story of her being rock bottom. and Hugh talked about how good live recording was where he could act through the song and change up the emphasis, making it less pretty but more realistic for the story.

  22. Sam • March 6, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

    He’s gay. He dresses like a woman. And it matters what he thinks why???

  23. Silver • July 23, 2013 @ 7:36 PM

    He is right, The newest Rendition of Les Miserables, was probably one of the worst I’ve seen in a very LONG time of musicals…. Russel Crowe, Hugh Jackman, and Amanda Seyfried were not meant for singing.

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