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Hollywood can be a pretty cutthroat place, but as vicious as actors can sometimes be, there's one group even more cutthroat: Theater nerds. And never has this been more evident than this week, as former "American Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert, the Guyliner Godfather himself, took to Twitter to let the world know that he basically thinks Tom Hooper's big screen adaptation of "Les Misérables" sucks.
And his prime target? Russell Crowe, better known to most as the lead singer of the hit Australian rock band 30 Odd Foot of Grunts. That's what he's famous for, right?
Okay, okay, so Crowe is really more of an actor (and an Oscar winning actor at that) than a singer. Which is exactly the problem Lambert had with the movie, as according to Entertainment Weekly, he thinks that Hollywood musicals put way too much emphasis on that acting stuff and not nearly enough emphasis on the singing.
"Les Mis: Visually impressive w great Emotional performances," Lambert tweeted, softening up fans before lowering the boom. "But the score suffered massively with great actors PRETENDING to be singers."
"Hollywood movie musicals treat singing as the last priority," Lambert continued before singling out Anne Hathaway, Aaron Tveit, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen as exceptions to his complaints. Lambert then went on to suggest that Hooper should have dumped his idea of having everyone sing live in the scenes and instead gone into the studio and "sweetened" the vocals, presumably through autotune.
Crowe, for his part, basically took the high road, which is not exactly what he's been known for over the years. "I don't disagree with Adam," Crowe said, before promptly disagreeing with Adam. "Sure it could have been sweetened, Hooper wanted it raw and real, that's how it is."
So what do you guys think? Should movie musicals only feature professionally trained singers? Should actors in musicals have their vocals tricked out in post-production? And was Lambert deliberately snubbing Hugh Jackman, who has been starring in Broadway musicals for years now? Let us know your thoughts.
Because the French Revolution may not be televised, but it is apparently going to be tweeted.