Russell Crowe has heard Adam Lambert’s complaints about “Les Miserables,” and he actually thinks the “American Idol” runner-up has a point. That doesn’t mean he thinks director Tom Hooper went the wrong route by having his actors sing live, though.
“I don’t disagree with Adam,sure it could have been sweetened,Hooper wanted it raw and real,that’s how it is,” Crowe tweeted.
Crowe has been criticized for arguably being the weakest link in the ensemble of actors singing in “Les Miserables,” but Lambert’s complaints did not stop with him. He went on a Twitter tirade on Dec. 30 denouncing the musical quality of the film.
“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.”
He continued, “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.”
“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!” the rant concluded. “One more clarification: DO go see it for Anne Hathaways performance. It’s was breathtaking.”