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Adam Lambert Says Les Miserables Actors Sounded 'No Good'

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    A file photo of singer Adam Lambert as he poses on the red carpet at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, Jan. 31, 2010.
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    "Les Miserables" hits theaters Dec. 25, 2012.
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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
January 1, 2013|9:16 am

Adam Lambert has taken to Twitter with his opinions following his latest trip to the movies this week.

The singer attended a screening of the new movie "Les Miserables," a big-screen adaptation of Victor Hugo's book as well as the popular Broadway show from the 1980s.

With a star-studded cast including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, and Russell Crowe, the film features the actors live-singing the well-known Broadway showtunes in the movie.

Lambert, who rose to stardom after appearing on season eight of "American Idol," tweeted his negative reactions to the musical film.

"Les Mis: Visually impressive w [ith] great Emotional performances," started the singer. "But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers."

"It's an opera," Lambert later added. "Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority."

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Despite his many critiques, the 30-year-old noted his appreciation of both Hathaway and actor Aaron Tveit's character portrayals.

"Helena B Carter and Sasha C Cohen were great too," the singer added of the other "Les Mis" actors.

"And I do think it was cool that they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals," Lambert offered, before reflecting that English actress Samantha Barks' 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 added.

In perhaps his harshest comment, Lambert blasted the actors' musical talent.

"The industry will say 'these actors were so brave to attempt singing this score live' but why not cast actors who could actually sounds good," Lambert told his Twitter followers.

Shortly after posting his thoughts on the film, he added, "Sorry for being harsh but it's so True!"

Lambert was also forced to defend his opinions on Twitter, and wrote: "I'm so glad we are all discussing this now! Look-I grew up w this musical and so my expectations are quite high. Didn't mean to b negative."

Directed by Tom Hooper, "Les Mis" featured the actors' voices filmed live in order to deliver an authentic and theater-like experience, according to a Christian Post interview.

Despite Lambert's comments, the film has been nominated for Best Picture at this year's Golden Globes.

 

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