Crowe Takes Les Mis Critique Like A Pro

It's a Hollywood anomaly: Two celebs manage to look at things from different angles and not end up in a battle.

Russell Crowe with Hugh Jackman

How ridiculous is it that two celebs getting along is suddenly "noteworthy"?

After constant clashes with Madonna/Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey/Nicki Minaj and Miley Cyrus and whatever oversexed teen popstar is currently all the rage, it's refreshing to see to lads share slightly different opinions on something without having any actual beef.

As we reported earlier this week, Adam Lambert had some less-than-positive things to say about Les Miserables. The musical starred nearly all actors without any real singing background. The closest they came was Hugh Jackman's constant award show performances and Amanda Seyfried's cute but tragic Mama Mia! nightmare. Adding to the pressure, the director decided he'd not only make his actors sing the songs but also record them live on the set instead of allowing them to go back into a recording studio where they could receive some help.

There was no way the movie would ever feature perfect, Broadway-quality music. At best, the performances deserve a very sympathetic A for effort. For music lovers and actual musicians, those not-quite-perfect performances can be a little distracting. That was exactly Adam Lambert's point when he took to reviewing the movie in a series of tweets.

“Les Mis: Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers," he tweeted.

A little harsh, but not entirely untrue. Russell Crowe even admitted it himself when a fan of the film tried to start drama by asking him what he thought of Adam's opinion. Crowe's response?

"I don't disagree with Adam,sure it could have been sweetened,Hooper wanted it raw and real,that's how it is," he responded via tweet.

Well said, Mr. Crowe! He took the criticism with class and refused to let his follower start any man-drama.

In other words, they handled their differences like, you know, gentlemen. GASP! I applaud them both.

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Comments on "Adam Lambert and Russell Crowe talk Les Mis like adults"

Rosetta_Stoned January 03, 2013 | 1:29 PM

Deirdre Kaye, you are a breath of fresh air to this entire "non-dramatic drama" and I thank you for it.Lambert was stating the PROS as well as the CONS for HIM personally, after having viewed Les Mis. for himself. Yes, Crowe "sings" in his OWN band but that does not give one necessarily a "musical theater-worthy" voice. Kudos to Mr. Crowe for knowing and admitting that visa vie his Twitter response. As for Mr.Jackman being a singer, yes, though he is a natural baritone and the score he was made to sing was as a tenor which made his voice sound weak, reedy and thin for most of his numbers(the last natural baritone I heard that was really great at singing in higher octaves was the late Freddie Mercury) And Lambert, while voicing his opinion was not cruel as he DID mention those who stood out (to him) vocally as well as praising the cinematography and the acting and actors in general.Goodness, all this fuss over one artist's remarks is highly entertaining. I've read movie/theater critics voicing much the same opinion as Lambert without as much as a ruffled feather.I am a fan of both Lambert and Crowe. One for his outrageously great vocal abilities and the other for his marvelous acting.Whatever one thinks of the production, we must remember, "one man's ceiling is another man's floor" (I might add, Lambert did NOT single Mr.Crowe out by name.)

Cristina January 03, 2013 | 6:04 AM

My 12 years old daughter told me the same comment of Adam as we went out from the movie theatre.......:-) We saw the musical in London, she knows all songs of it even if she is still a child......but great actors and good job in global. It was not easy to make a movie from the musical...:-)

Dana January 02, 2013 | 10:03 PM

Nice point - their exchange was, indeed, refreshingly civil - but please do some fact checking before you blog. Hugh Jackman is far from just an award show host and has serious roots in musical theatre. His Broadway performance in A Boy from Oz brought him the following: 2004 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical 2004 Theatre World Award 2004 Broadway Audience Award 2004 Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance of the Year 2004 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in a Musical 2004 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical ...and that's just SOME of the critical recognition he received for this performance alone. To call him an actor without a singing background is, simply, wrong.

Lisa January 02, 2013 | 5:26 PM

@skr, Russell must have had read all of Adam's tweets. He responded to the key issue in a sane, rational manner. I agree with Adam's critique, btw. It's one thing to be rough and raw. It's another thing entirely to be incompetent.

Ali January 02, 2013 | 5:04 PM

To SKE--that is your interpretation. My read is that Mr. Crowe agreed the vocals could have been better, but the director wanted something else, and that was that. He did agree with Mr. Lambert about the vocals and the fact they could have been sweetened. Plus, if you see the film, I think you will agree also that the "singing" was generally terrible and extremely distracting. Bad vocals should never be excused in an opera--whether you want it "raw" or not. Of course the movie will garner a lot of attention and likely awards merely from the grandiosity of the production, but the fact remains that the what passed for singing sucked.

MrBK January 02, 2013 | 4:46 PM

Actually, I applaud you Deirdre Kay. Surprise, surprise a writer who actually gets it. On this topic I've seen writers skew to one side or another inciting hate fests against either Lambert or Crowe. I agree with everything you said.

SKR January 02, 2013 | 10:59 AM

“Les Mis: Visually impressive with great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers," [Lambert] tweeted. "A little harsh, but not entirely untrue. Russell Crowe even admitted it himself when a fan of the film tried to start drama by asking him what he thought of Adam's opinion." WRONG. That was NOT the part of Lambert's tweet that Russell said he 'didn't disagree with'. It was the part you conveniently left out, where Lambert said the singing could have been sweetened in the studio. Russell replied to say that, basically, Hooper COULD have sweetened the audio, but he didn't because he wanted it raw and real. To suggest that Russell would agree with Lambert that the cast was 'actors pretending to singers' is insulting to Crowe and the cast, and putting words in his mouth. Shame on you.

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