Adam Lambert Blasts 'Les Miserables' Actors & Calls Them 'Pretend Singers' (VIDEOS)

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Adam LambertDid you see Les Miserables during the holiday week? As a long-time fan of the musical, I loved the movie when I saw it. But of course ya can't please everyone. Take, for example, Adam Lambert, the dude who rose to fame as the runnerup on American Idol.

He says the film “suffered massively” from “great actors PRETENDING to be singers.”


This was all thanks to Twitter, of course. He tweeted that the film was “visually impressive” with “great emotional performances,” but he didn't like the singing.

WTF, dude? Though I may have had some issues with a couple of the actors they picked -- you can't say some of the leads, like Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Samantha Barks, aren't veteran singers! There's no way in hell they were pretending as they sung their way through that movie.

Lambert may have found fame on a reality show competition, but Hugh Jackman, who played Jean Valjean, has won a Tony for his Broadway performances, and no one can deny the guy can sing. Samantha Barks played Eponine for the 25th Anniversary Concert for Les Miserables. And Anne Hathaway is a trained soprano who was part of the All-Eastern U.S. High School Honors Chorus and performed at Carnegie Hall. And dear god, she kicked emotional ass in the movie.

Performing/singing for the film version of Les Miserables encompasses so much more than just belting out notes. They actually had to act, with the camera so up close to their faces that you could see their snot, tears, anguish, every wrinkle and line, in one long, heartbreaking shot.

Still kind of sounds like sour grapes to me -- I mean, he approved of half the casting! I'm not entirely sure why he'd say the rest were "pretending" to be singers. The criticism seems unnecessarily harsh -- although Lambert has musical talent for sure, he was known throughout his season of American Idol for shock value more than anything.

He continued to put his foot in his mouth: "And I do think it was cool they were singing live -- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals," he added. "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."

What?! The whole singing live thing was the best part. The singing was distracting ... when the whole movie was about the rawness of the singing? Lambert either has no idea what he's talking about or just said all this to make headlines (well, damnit, it's working).

I guess the guy who does this:

Has the right to call the singers who do this "pretending"?:

Do you think Adam Lambert's criticism of Les Miserables was too harsh?


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linzemae linzemae

the singing was distracting? it is a MUSICAL!

nonmember avatar CrystalMP

He's just a jerk throwing a fit because he's not that good : P

femal... femaleMIKE

It's his opinion.

nonmember avatar blue

And he is a wannabe star, PRETENDING to be original.

BeccaLS BeccaLS

I'm not sure if you know this, but in America we have this thing called "freedom of speech".

People are allowed to state their opinions. So he didn't like the singing, big deal. He's allowed to say so.

jagam... jagamama0710

I'm not sure if YOU guys (beccals and femalemike) know this...but the freedom of speech does not grant you freedom from criticism of that speech. Where in here did she say he COULDN'T have this opinion? Nowhere. 

I will now happily use my freedom of speech to laugh at the idea that Adam Lambert thinks he's in a place of such amazing talent that he has any place to criticize. These performers blow him out of the water. On any day. 

Felly... FellyScarlett

I agree with this one ^^^

ilove... ilovemy4kiddies

UGH personally I think the guys singing is like listening to nails on a chalkboard. I didn't like him on Idol and I don't like him now. Haven't seen the movie so can't comment but from the trailer and the singing I did hear it seems fantastic. 

Mommy... MommyBoha

He pretends to be a singer. What's the difference.

femal... femaleMIKE

jagamama,   i never said anything about freedom of speech. I just meant that this man is arrogant and ignorant so who really cares what he thinks. basically, don't act like im tryijng to hold anyone back on their opinion.

i do agree with your opinion, not that its important.

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