Adam Lambert never has been shy about expressing himself, but he admitted Thursday that he was a little surprised his Les Miserables Twitter review had “gone viral.”
His initial comments, in which he opined that the film was “Visually impressive [with] great emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers,” drew so much attention that even one of the film’s stars, Russell Crowe, addressed Lambert’s concerns.
“I don’t disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened,” tweeted Crowe, who played Javert in the movie. “[Director] Tom Hooper wanted it raw and real, that’s how it is.”
The 30-year-old American Idol season-eight alum took to Twitter once more to clarify his position in the continuing discussion.
“U can spend a whole year praising artists for inspiring work, but one critique gets all the attention. Funny,” he wrote Wednesday. “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.”
Lambert, who last year released his No. 1 album, Trespassing, has a background in theater, having performed in a production of Wicked before his time on the reality singing competition.
In his original Twitter postings, Lambert offered praise for several performers, including Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of Fantine, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen as the Thenardiers, Aaron Tveit as Enjolras and Samantha Barks as Eponine.
“I guess I’m a purist for the original LIVE broadway recording when the actors sang the f— outta those songs. JUST an opinion… I should prob stop fanning the flames on this one..but i love a good debate- couldnt help myself. One last thing though: Anne Hathaway was so good- had me tearing up. Oscar worthy performance for sure! Ok. #donediscussinglesmiz.”