Russell Crowe has responded to Adam Lambert's Twitter rant criticizing "Les Misérables" of the film's casting and the decision to have actors sing the movie-musical live.
On Tuesday, Crowe took to Twitter, saying that he "doesn't disagree" with Lambert's slam of his work.
After watching "Les Misérables," in which Crowe stars as "Javert," Lambert (@adamlambert) offered this Twitter rant: "Les Mis: Visiually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers… it's an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good)".
And I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals.— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) December 30, 2012
The 30-year-old rock singer continued: "Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Enjolras were the exceptions for me. Helena B Carter and Sasha B Cohen were great too. And I do think it was cool they were singing live – but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals."
Adam Lambert, who has over 1.8 million Twitter followers, also stated: "The industry will say 'these actors were so brave to attemptsinging this score live' but why not cast actors who could actually sound good? Sorry for being so harsh but it's so True!"
Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe), who has almost 700,000 Twitter followers, responded to Lambert's criticism on Tuesday by saying, "I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is".
Unlike the Broadway musical "Les Misérables," actors in the 2012 movie sang the performances with less "sweetened" vocals, which meant part of Hathaway's rendition Fantine's "I Dreamed a Dream" included raw parts where she sounded like she was wailing rather than singing. Hugh Jackman, who played Jean Valjean, slowed down the tempo of his voice in some scores, conveying a more pensive state of emotion.
After Crowe's Twitter response, Lambert tweeted the following posts in succession onTwitter: "My movie review has gone viral. U can spend a whole year praising artists for inspiring work, but one critique gets all the attention. Funny."
"Those raw and real moments when characters broke down or were expressing the ugliness of the human condition were superb. However…"
"My personal opinion: there were times when the vocals weren't able to convey the power, beauty and grace that the score ALSO calls for."
"I guess I'm a purist for the original LIVE broadway recording when the actors sang the f*ck outta those songs. JUST an opinion…"
Lambert finally concluded: "I should prob stop fanning the flames on this one..but i love a good debate- couldnt help myself."
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