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Adam Lambert Slams Les Miserables Cast

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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7 Responses to “Adam Lambert Slams Les Miserables Cast”

  1. Melissa Says:
    January 1st, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Adam Lambert is a ridiculous jerk.

  2. beverly starr Says:
    January 2nd, 2013 at 5:13 am

    Dear Adam, The cast was sufficient for the show-it’s just Les Miserables after all. We need someone like you to put together a brand new musical-raise the bar! Give us a new show that will rip our hearts out and make us leave the theatre praying that we never forget one line, one expression, one tiny bit of music for as long as we live! Musical theatre has the potential for much more, please give it to us! Who would you like to play in a show? Give us that person-bigger than life, better than anyone ever before! YOU can do it!

  3. Deb Says:
    January 3rd, 2013 at 3:58 am

    Didn’t see the movie, don’t have any desire to, so can’t agree or disagree with Adam based on personal experience. I think however, he is a marvelously talented and love his music. I would love to see Adam back in musical theatre, think he would be wonderful as the Phantom. Have to say this, Melissa, your comment is just “ridiculous”.

  4. Anne Says:
    January 4th, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    I hold high standards for what I consider a “good movie”, and I can honestly say that Les Mis is the most utterly beautiful film I have ever seen. If you’re expecting the polished, professional, orchestrated performances of an Italian opera or a Broadway musical, then you might be disappointed. The entire cast performs with astounding talent, in my opinion, but the true beauty of their singing lies in the brutal honesty, the heart-wrenching emotion, the incredible intensity, and the deep conviction which they bring to each and every word. The actors’ voices are sometimes choked with tears, hoarse with fear, harsh with anger, squeaky with panic, or bubbling with laughter. These are not the “sweetened” and angelic sounds of an impersonal recording studio; they are the profoundly human sounds of the characters’ souls being bared. That a cast of actors who have never claimed to be professional singers can bring such power to their songs is the greatest beauty and the greatest accomplishment of Les Mis. It is not a feel-good movie. The entire two-and-a-half hours is sung…the vocals carry the heavy responsibility of telling the story. The lyrics only brush the surface of the ideas being communicated; it is up to the vocals to do the rest. The unpolished, unrecorded, unadulterated voices of the Les Mis cast are what give the characters life and breath, what draw us into the story, and what kept me sobbing for the entire length of the film. The movie is a masterpiece. The movie is a masterpiece–not just in my opinion, but in most of the country’s opinion as well. Whether or not Adam Lambert appreciates that is his prerogative, but he should show respect for the enormous accomplishments of the Les Mis cast and withhold his strident and unnecessary criticism.

  5. leecara13 Says:
    January 7th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Adam Lambert knows nothing about movie musicals. Les Miserables (1987 Original Broadway Cast) album has the same 4 star rating as the movie album Les Miserables but the movie album is # 1 on both itunes and amazon best selling music. The movie has grossed over 170 million dollars in 13 days. Don’t be jealous Adam that no one gave you a part in the movie because you are still B list at best and you scream to much when you sing.

  6. Cris Says:
    January 7th, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    As a comment to what Mr. Lambert said, this might be the best answer I think.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3PYlRtMbgBA

  7. Nobody Says:
    January 9th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    It was amazing, maybe he needs to have his head checked. They certainly sing better than he does.

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