Adam Lambert slams ‘Les Miserables’ singing: ‘Cast actors who could actually sound good’ | sound good'
Adam Lambert is a reality TV star, a singer, and now you can add film critic to his resume! The “American Idol” runner-up wasn’t particularly impressed with the singing in “Les Miserables,” and he’s not afraid to say it.
Though Lambert liked Anne Hathaway’s performance as the doomed Fantine, he thought the majority of the cast lacked the vocal chops to pull off the live singing in the film. While most movie musicals have actors lip-sync the songs over tracks they previously recorded in a studio, “Les Miserables” director Tom Hooper opted to have the cast sing live while performing.
On Sunday, Dec. 30, Lambert posted his “Les Mis” rant on Twitter.
“Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers,” he wrote. “…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.”
Lambert thought Hooper made the wrong call to have the cast sing live — in his opinion, they needed a little help from auto-tune. “And I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals. Eponine’s voice was cool too… 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.”
He continues, “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!” Adding, “One more clarification: DO go see it for Anne Hathaways performance. It’s was breathtaking.”