Adam Lambert has never been one to shy away from a little controversy, but even he was a bit surprised when his Twitter critique of Tom Hooper's big-screen adaptation of "Les Misérables" went viral. In fact, it got so big that "Les Mis" star Russell Crowe even addressed Lambert's statements.
But, Lambert took to Twitter once again late Wednesday to clarify just what he meant when he criticized the actors in the film for not being professional singers, noting that he was a bit distracted by the film's live singing aspect.
My movie review has gone viral. U can spend a whole year praising artists for inspiring work, but one critique gets all the attention. Funny— Adam Lambert (@adamlambert) January 3, 2013
"My movie review has gone viral. U can spend a whole year praising artists for inspiring work, but one critique gets all the attention. Funny," he wrote. "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."
The former "American Idol" contestant, who has a background in musical theater, did have something nice to say about Anne Hathaway's performance. He added, "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."
Crowe has yet to weigh in on Lambert's latest missive about the film, but hadn't disagreed with the singer after he originally shared, "And I do think it was cool they were singing live- but with that cast, they should have studio recorded and sweetened the vocals."
For his part, Crowe responded, "I don't disagree with Adam, sure it could have been sweetened, Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is."
MTV News spoke to Crowe ahead of the film's December opening day, and he shared that if fans were expecting the film to be as polished as the stage play, they would be treated to something completely different. "They're going to expect the type of thing that they're used to, but I don't think it's anything like what they're used to," he said.
"Even from the get-go, if you're familiar with 'Les Mis,' the first line Javert sings is completely different — you've never heard it before."