Russell Crowe on Tuesday responded to a series of tweets from American Idol runner-up Adam Lambert, who criticized Les Miserables for its live singing technique.
“I don’t disagree with Adam,” Crowe, who plays Javert in the film, tweeted. “Sure it could have been sweetened, [director Tom] Hooper wanted it raw and real. That’s how it is.”
On Dec. 30, Lambert tweeted the film suffered from “great actors PRETENDING to be singers.”
“It’s an opera. Hollywoods movie musicals treat the singing as the last priority. (Dreamgirls was good),” he continued, before praising some of the actors in the film, including Anne Hathaway.
“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?”
Lambert quickly apologized for his remarks, tweeting, “I’m so glad we are all discussing this now! Look-I grew up w this musical and so my expectations are quite high. Didn’t mean to b negative.”
Les Miserables is now playing nationwide.