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Ouch! Adam Lambert Calls The Cast Of Les Miserables “Actors Pretending To Be Singers”

Submitted by on January 1, 2013 – 10:45 am3 Comments

Adam Lambert has one word to describe his experience watching Les Miserables last week in the theater: miserable.

The movie musical, which stars Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Hugh Jackman, and Russell Crowe, opened on Christmas Day and topped the box office by raking in over 18 million dollars in 24 hours. But, for Lambert, the film was no gift at all.

The singer, who got his start by coming in second on the eighth season of American Idol, took to Twitter to voice his concerns about the musical’s poor vocal performances. “Les Mis: Visually impressive with great Emotional performances,” he wrote. “But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. It’s an opera. Hollywood’s movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. I do think it was cool they were singing live, but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals. 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? Sorry for being so harsh but it’s so true!”

Lambert later clarified his statements by saying, “Dreamgirls was good,” in reference to the film starring fellow American Idol alum Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, and Anika Noni Rose. Lambert did think that the film’s saving grace was Hathaway as the dying prostitute Fantine, which included her highly-praised performance of “I Dreamed A Dream.” “One more clarification: DO go see it for Anne Hathaway’s performance. It was breathtaking.”

Listen to the cast talk about their decision to sing live below. Do you agree with Lambert or do you think the raw emotion is more important than a perfect vocal?

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