The entire Hollywood cast, including Hugh Jackman, Crowe and Amanda Seyfried, sang live on set, and Oscar-winning Crowe, who plays Javert in the film and has released his own pop albums in the past, said: "Sure it could have been sweetened, [director] Tom Hooper wanted it raw and real, that’s how it is." Lambert, 30, finished runner-up on the eighth season of American Idol and his subsequent album For Your Entertainment sold 198,000 copies in America in its first week.In a series of posts on Twitter, he wrote: "Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances.If you, like me, spent Christmas day eating spare ribs and waiting on line to see “Les Misérables” (but maybe not in that order), you’ve had time to contemplate the relative vocal prowess of its stars, not all of whom are exactly Pavarotti. You lost twenty-five pounds and chopped off all your hair, then drew on every acting-class sense-memory exercise you could muster for that one-take of “I Dreamed a Dream.” You set the high-water mark early on, then had the decency to expire so that others could have their shot. Still, some of those high notes are too high even for Aussie Superman.Much has been made of Tom Hooper’s directorial approach, which required the actors to sing live on set, rather than lip-synching to a prerecorded track—with decidedly mixed results. A ranking, from best to worst, below: Tier One: Masters of the House Anne Hathaway: O. Helena Bonham Carter and Sasha Baron Cohen: What’s the difference between Bonham Carter’s Mrs.A few years ago, she famously downed a couple of shots of Jameson to calm her nerves before going on Letterman and appeared drunk on TV.“It made it fun for me,” she says, “but then I watched it and was like ‘That is what I want to promote about myself.’ ” Soon after, she started seeing a shrink to help get over her debilitating fear. But then he flips back a few pages in the script and cites one of Seyfried’s lines: “We already got pretty crazy in there.” So, La Bute says, “it’s either, We didn’t do that last night or Wait a minute: That happened several times, so why are you stopping me now? which premiered in London with Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz and also trafficked in the idea of love as an instrument of cruelty.Alongside Baron Cohen, as her partner in petty crime, she offers a welcome reprieve from all that emoting. Russell Crowe: As Javert, Crowe has received the brunt of the ridicule—including from Anthony Lane, to whom he sounded “as if a platoon of infantry, stationed in his immediate rear, had just fixed bayonets without giving sufficient warning.” But I’ll admit, I didn’t mind him.
Kristen Stewart and Carey Mulligan have also branded Hollywood sexism as "disgusting" and a "massive" problem.He also said the voices should have been "studio recorded and sweetened".Lambert had criticised Tom Hooper's new movie musical, insisting Les Misérables "suffered massively" due to its all-star cast "pretending to be singers".“I have a lot of anxiety that I’ve been struggling with my whole life,” she says. I’m terrified, but this is exactly what I wanted.”The fact that it’s Off-Broadway, and the character is a beautiful 29-year-old, certainly doesn’t hurt. ”“I mean, the way they describe how incredible it was,” says Seyfried, “I just imagined that they spent a . And although this play—90 minutes of real-time conversation between Doug and Beth, “balanced on the head of a pin,” as Silverman puts it—features two people sparring, modern-day sex negotiations, and a lot of tricky backpedaling, it somehow also manages to offer some hope.“She’s made a really smart choice,” says La Bute, “She didn’t say, ‘Yeah, I think the first thing I’ll do is Cordelia in ), along with Silverman and La Bute, are sitting around a big, square table picking apart every line of dialogue. “While people may carry in a preconception about what I do,” says La Bute, “I think they will be pleasantly surprised.