Adam Lambert Criticizes Actors as Singers in ‘Les Mis’
How many of you caught the recent film adaptation of Les Miserables? Although the film, which features live singing instead of the pre-recorded variety, has been receiving positive reviews across the board, Adam Lambert recently criticized this very aspect of the movie musical on Twitter, claiming, essentially, that real singers or at least pre-recorded vocals should have been used.
Lambert, in his terse but nonetheless attention-grabbing informal review, wrote: "Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. […] It's an opera. Hollywood's movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority."
Although Lambert’s review had potential to be scathing and somewhat tasteless, he didn’t call out the actors for their subpar vocal performances, instead he stated: "DO go see it for Anne Hathaways performance. It's was breathtaking.”
Additionally, he praised other actors’ singing voices, including Helena Bonham Carter, Sasha Baron Cohen, Aaron Tveit, and Samantha Barks.
Nevertheless, Lambert did issue an apology, explaining that while having actors sing live is “cool,” "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?"
Do you agree? Is Lambert’s assessment on the mark, particularly as he came from a musical theater background before auditioning and garnering attention through American Idol? Or, is this Twitter statement just a chance for Glambert to stay relevant?
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