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Russell Crowe addresses Adam Lambert's 'Les Miz' slam

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Adam Lambert was one of the moviegoers who forked over money to see "Les Misérables" over the Christmas holiday, and his nine tweet review of the film garnered a lot of attention over the weekend.

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"Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers," Lambert wrote on December 30. "It's an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good). Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Enjolras were the exceptions for me. Helena B Carter and Sasha B Cohen were great too. And 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!"

It seems "Les Misérables" star Russell Crowe agrees with Lambert's critique. Last night, @BrunetteMom123 tweeted at Crowe, "Not sure if you saw @adamlambert's comments about Les Miserables. He was pretty opinionated."

The Oscar-winner responded, "I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, ['Les Miserables' director Tom] Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is."

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257Comments
Jan 2, 2013 9:35AM
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Get real. Crowe can't sing and it's a musical. Jackman was better but not quite good enough. The rest of the cast did a great job. Crowe and Jackman were in it to boost boxoffice. I rarely go to Hollywood musicals because they never live up to the Broadway productions. However, I did enjoy the movie despite these shortcomings. My highest marks go to set design.
Jan 2, 2013 9:34AM
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Actually, I'm more miffed at the storyline content than the singing.  The singing seemed to take up the most time of the movie which made the storyline suffer.   How does a convict go from parolee to being a business owner and mayor of a city in one scene change ? If you had not read the novel, you would not know.
Jan 2, 2013 9:32AM
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Crowe a respected actor, best laugh I had in 50 years.
Jan 2, 2013 9:31AM
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Gotta give props to the state of modern media. Television personality gets response from film star via twitter to be reported by internet blog from scoop provided from entertainment news television.

 

To nun.yabinness: no need to call Russell Crowe a flamer. Cut him some slack he's from Austrailia.

Jan 2, 2013 9:28AM
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I saw "Les Miserables" last night with my wife and 2 daughters. we all agreed that it was one of the best movies we have ever seen. Being a guy, I DO NOT really care for musicals, but I put this movie in the same category with only one other movie-"The Passion of The Christ". I cried at least 4 or 5 times. ALL of the actors and their singing were realistic and believable, BECAUSE the audio was NOT "fixed". Great job for all the people that put this together. An awesome story of redemption that we could use more of.
Charles

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