January 01, 2013 04:00 PM by Donna W. Martin
When former American Idol contestant, Adam Lambert went to see the much-anticipated film adaptation of “Les Miserables,” he was less than impressed with the vocal performances. So he took to Twitter on Sunday night to sound off. Keep reading to see what Lambert had to say.
“Les Miserables,” starring big name actors such as Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, and Amanda Seyfried, hit theaters on Christmas Day and pulled in a whopping opening day total of $18.2 million. However, according to US Weekly, Adam Lambert wasn’t all that impressed by the vocal performances.
“Les Mis: Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.” Lambert tweeted. “It’s an opera. Hollywood’s movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority.”
Lambert hailed Hathaway’s performance of Fantine, the dying prostitute as “breathtaking” and while but said he thought it was “cool they were singing live,” he thought the vocals should have been “studio recorded and sweetened.” He added, “The singing was so distracting at times it pulled me out.”
Lambert went on to say, “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!”
While Lambert admitted his opinions were “harsh,” he later made it clear, “I’m so glad we are all discussing this now! Look-I grew up with this musical so my expectations are quite high. Didn’t mean to b negative.”
What do you think of Lambert’s slam of the “Les Miserables” cast? Was he too harsh with his comments? Or do you agree that the vocal element of the show was lacking? We know you have an opinion so let us hear it by posting a comment below.
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