Adam Lambert Clarifies His 'Viral' Criticism on 'Les Miserables'
Adam Lambert has broken silence to clarify his recent "Les Miserables" comment, in which he said that the actors in the musical movie are "pretending to be singers." The "American Idol" alum admitted he was surprised his comment went so viral that even Russell Crowe took time to react to it.
"My movie review has gone viral. U can spend a whole year praising artists for inspiring work, but one critique gets all the attention. Funny," Lambert wrote Wednesday, January 2. He went on explaining that he didn't mean to blast anyone, and insisted that he's just commenting on the actors' vocals during the live-singing scenes.
"Those raw and real moments when characters broke down or were expressing the ugliness of the human condition were superb," he stated. "However... My personal opinion: there were times when the vocals weren't able to convey the power, beauty and grace that the score ALSO calls for."
Furthermore, Lambert praised Anne Hathaway's performance in the film as saying, "I guess I'm a purist for the original LIVE broadway recording when the actors sang the f--- outta those songs. JUST an opinion... I should prob stop fanning the flames on this one..but i love a good debate- couldnt help myself. One last thing though: Anne Hathaway was so good- had me tearing up. Oscar worthy performance for sure! Ok. #donediscussinglesmiz."
A few days ago, Lambert stole attention when he wrote on Twitter, "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 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."
Later on, a fan wrote to Crowe on Twitter, "Not sure if you saw @adamlambert's comments about Les Miserables. He was pretty opinionated," to which the veteran actor responded, "I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, [director Tom] Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is."
"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".
Back in December, Crowe shared to MTV News that the big screen version of "Les Mis" would be a bit different from the stage play. "They're going to expect the type of thing that they're used to, but I don't think it's anything like what they're used to," he said. "Even from the get-go, if you're familiar with 'Les Mis,' the first line Javert sings is completely different - you've never heard it before."
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