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'Les Mis' Twitter Battle: Russell Crowe Defends 'Raw' Vocals Against Singer's Rant

By Kelsea Stahler, Hollywood.com Staff

You can't please everyone. And while the "definitive review" of Tom Hooper's "French foreign film" Les Miserables may have wowed some viewers, singer and American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert was downright angry about the adaptation. Luckily for Team Les Mis, its own Javert Russell Crowe was up to the task of defending its merits on soap box of the Internet: Twitter.

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Lambert took to Twitter in late December to deliver his scathing review of the film's musical performances, sparing only Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Aaron Tveit (which is a tiny fraction of the film's gargantuan cast) and for good measure, he threw in that Eponine's (West End star Samantha Barks) voice was "cool."

"Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances. But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers," he writes. His stream of consciousness continued with a slam on Hollywood in general, "...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." Lambert is referring to the somewhat controversial decision to record the cast singing as they were being filmed, where most movie musicals overlay the filmed performance with studio-mastered versions of the songs to ensure perfect audio. The technique makes the actors' jobs more difficult and means that more vocal imperfections make it into the final product. But does that mean it's tres terrible?

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There's at least one person who's willing to say ""no,"" or as they say in French... also ""no."" Lambert got an inadvertent response from one of the folks he didn't spare from his harsh critiques: Crowe. In response to a fan, who pointed out Lambert's rant on Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actor tweeted, "I don't disagree with Adam,sure it could have been sweetened,Hooper wanted it raw and real,that's how it is." It's a fairly diplomatic answer for an actor who's been one of the more harshly criticized singers in the film, but he ended his retort with "that's how it is," which we all know is the ultimate argument-ender.

And while we're all entitled to our opinions, for or against Les Mis, the show film must go on. Besides, it's important to note that Lambert's "rant" and Crowe's "retort" were pretty mild as far as social media feuds go. In this Twitter "fight," the only real victim here was grammar.

Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler

[Photo Credit: Dara Kushner/INFphoto; FayesVision/WENN]


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