Russell Crowe: I Don't Disagree With Adam Lambert's Criticism on 'Les Miserables'
Russell Crowe seems to have no hard feelings on Adam Lambert, who slammed actors in "Les Miserables" for "pretending to be singers." Instead of firing back at the "American Idol" alum, the Inspector Javert depicter said he agreed with the singer's opinion.
When a fan tweeted him, "Not sure if you saw @adamlambert's comments about Les Miserables. He was pretty opinionated," Crowe decided to respond to it nicely. "I don't disagree with Adam," he wrote, "sure it could have been sweetened, [director Tom] Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is."
At the end of December, Lambert took to his Twitter to criticize the musical drama 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. (Dreamgirls was good)," he wrote.
"Anne Hathaway as Fantine and [Aaron Tveit as] Enjolras were the exceptions for me. Helena B Carter and Sacha B Cohen were great too," he noted. "And I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals. Eponine's [Samantha Barks] voice was cool too...," he continued.
"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!"
Commenting on the tweets, Evan Rachel Wood wrote, "We sang live in 'across the universe' #justsaying," to which Lambert replied, "And that sounded Good!!! Ok yes, that's another movie musical exception. That movie was on point. And U were stunning in it."
"Les Miserables" is based on a 1862 novel of the same title by Victor Hugo. It centers on the struggle by ex-con Valjean to outrun his past and his relentless pursuer Javert. Its musical version was originally opened in London in 1985 and features such songs as "I Dreamed a Dream" and "Bring Him Home".
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