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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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Jan 2, 2013 10:32AM
We care what gay loving Adam Lambert says?  Who cares if he won American Idol?? everyone know that show is rigged And almost everyone who wins never goes anywhere. Maybe Adam could have played in Les Mis' he "claims" he can sing?... Oh but wait he can't act!!! well at least not outside of singing?  He does act like a singer well.
Jan 2, 2013 10:32AM
i forgot to say I believe a couple of new actors will come from this film.  And Anne Hathway's emotion were outstanding.  The young female actor playing Collett and the girl who played Fiona was just outstanding.  Russell Crowe did well for a non signer.  As for Lambert's ocmments, not sure who made him the greatest judge and to tell the truth I don't care for his singing either!

The director did not want to film his cast "performing" the musical - he wanted them to live it - and that is exactly what they did. These people are each living their own tragedies, and fears and pain and despair. Hooper did not want "pretty singing" - he wanted gut and heart wrenching raw visceral emotion and that is what he got. Each of the actors could have "sung pretty" as most have musical backgrounds, but it was so much better that the director wanted real emotion and to heck with looking and sounding pretty or strong or beautiful. Adam, in his review, does not seem to realize the director's aim. If it were meant to have simply been a film of a performance of the musical then I would tend to agree with some of his review, but it was meant to be rough and raw.

Jan 2, 2013 10:27AM
Not disagreeing and agreeing are two very different things.  Congress doesn't disagree that something needs to be done about the nations financial problems.  They sure as mess don't agree though.
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