Russell Crowe speaks out about Adam Lambert’s criticism of Les Mis!
Pop star Adam Lambert took to Twitter over the weekend to publicly express his disappointment over ‘Les Miserables’ director Tom Hooper’s choice to enlist actors instead of singers to play lead roles in the musical, but actor Russell Crowe has spoken out to defend the casting decision!
“Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers. ...it's an opera,” Lambert tweeted.
“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,” the singer continued.
But Russell Crowe, who plays Javert in the musical, has revealed that he’s not offended by Lambert’s statements – he agrees with them, claiming that was the director’s vision for the film.
“I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is,” the Aussie star tweeted on New Year’s Day.
Crowe spoke to MTV News ahead of the film’s opening day in December, and revealed that fans would be treated to something a bit different to the stage show.
“They're going to expect the type of thing that they're used to, but I don't think it's anything like what they're used to,” he said.
“Even from the get-go, if you're familiar with ‘Les Mis,’ the first line Javert sings is completely different — you've never heard it before.”
Written by Lucy Slight