Russell Crowe - Undercooked Beef: Russell Crowe Responds Meekly To Adam Lambert's Les Mis Criticism

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Here’s one time we wouldn’t have minded Russell Crowe losing his head. After American Idol alumni and general berk Adam Lambert launched a scathing critique of Crowe’s latest film Les Miserables on Twitter, journalists were rubbing their hands with glee at what the temperamental Antipodean might have to stay in retort.

However, perhaps proving that he is a changed man these days, Crowe didn’t take the bait. Lambert had written (over several Tweets): “Les Mis: Visually 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). 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?”

Crowe however responded that rough and raw was how director Tom Hooper wanted it, writing “I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is” and thus stubbing out any faint hope of beef between the pair. Shame.


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magsmagenta

Sorry you were so disappointed, I certainly wasn't. Adam seems to have been one of the few people who have has the guts to say what a lot of people were thinking, If you're going to make a film based on a musical with one of the greatest and most complex scores ever why not cast people who are up to the task vocally? They seem to have taken a lot of trouble and spent a lot of money on everything else, why not the vocal skills, which for many fans of the musical are the whole point of the thing. At least Russell Crowe has the sense to see what Adam was getting at.

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