Actress Helena Bonham Carter wasn’t pleased with her singing for the big-screen adaptation of the musical Les Miserables.
Even though Adam Lambert thought that Carter was one of the rare exceptions to his damning review of the film, the actress herself has mixed feelings about how she sounded, saying that she expected her voice to sound “so much better and bigger” in Tom Hooper’s adaptation.
Carter underwent rigorous vocal coaching for her villainous turn as Madame Thenardier, and sang live like her co-stars, reports MSN.
But the end result left Carter kicking herself:
“I had lots of vocal training for Les Mis but I didn’t improve as much as I thought I would. I watched it and thought … I was going to be so much better, I thought my voice was going to be so much bigger,” she told the Daily Mail. “I practiced and practiced and practiced but the thing with Les Mis is that it was real so that’s what we sounded like. In Sweeney I had people making me sound better than I am but not for this.”
Carter sang for Tim Burton’s musical adaptation of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and received acclaim for her performance there.
“It’s quite daunting because you’ve got 50 people watching you, filming you and you’ve just got this thing in your ear with the tune and you’re the only one singing. And it just feels weird.”
Carter also said that she would never star in a live musical.
“I would do another singing (film) role if someone else was foolish enough to employ me but I wouldn’t do a stage musical. I don’t have a strong enough voice. Maybe for one night but with singing it’s like any muscle, it doesn’t last.”
Here’s a clip of Helena Bonham Carter singing for Sweeny Todd: