Helena Bonham Carter has mixed feelings about her performance in "Les Misérables," as she expected her voice to sound "so much better and bigger" in the movie musical.
The eccentric Brit underwent intense vocal lessons to prepare for her role as pickpocketing Madame Thenardier, and sang live in director Tom Hooper's big-screen adaptation of the beloved Broadway show.
But the actress was let down by her turn in "Les Misérables" and is convinced she sounded better in the 2007 musical "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" because technicians boosted her vocals.
"I had lots of vocal training for 'Les Mis,' but I didn't improve as much as I thought I would. I watched it and thought ... I was going to be so much better, I thought my voice was going to be so much bigger," she told the Daily Mail. "I practiced and practiced and practiced, but the thing with 'Les Mis' is that it was real, so that's what we sounded like. In 'Sweeney' I had people making me sound better than I am, but not for this."
Said Bonham Carter: "It's quite daunting because you've got 50 people watching you, filming you and you've just got this thing in your ear with the tune and you're the only one singing. And it just feels weird."
The actress also ruled out ever starring in a live musical, adding, "I would do another singing (film) role if someone else was foolish enough to employ me, but I wouldn't do a stage musical. I don't have a strong enough voice. Maybe for one night, but with singing it's like any muscle, it doesn't last."