Les Miserables is doing big business at the box office, but Adam Lambert is one moviegoer who left the theater far from satisfied.
The “American Idol” runner-up slammed the movie’s A-list cast on Twitter, accusing its stars — which include Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe — of “pretending to be singers.”
“Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances,” Lambert began on Sunday evening, “But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers.”
Noting that the musical version of Les Miserables was intended to be an opera, he wrote, “Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority.”
Lambert went on to acknowledge that “Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Enjolras [Aaron Tveit] were the exceptions for me,” and that some other cast members, including Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen, “were great too,” but argued that having the stars sing live (as opposed to dubbing the vocals) wasn’t a successful choice
“With that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals,” wrote the singer, adding, “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.”
Lambert continued, “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!” he concluded.