The Lamest Showmen: why can’t male actors sing?
As the new Mamma Mia! hits cinemas, we explore why male actors hit the bum notes in modern movie musicalsThere are many reasons why the first Mamma Mia! movie was such a smash hit, but we can all agree Pierce Brosnan’s singing was not one of them.
He sounded like a labrador trapped under a blanket.
Undeterred, judging by a clip of Hugh Skinner singing Waterloo in a style best described as “posh geography teacher whose necktie is too tight”, forthcoming sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again looks set to be continue this tradition of masculine musical ineptitude.The Mamma Mia! enterprise hinges on a rarely acknowledged truth of modern movies: when it comes to actors singing, women are better at it.
Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried and Lily James can hold a tune pretty well.
It was a similar case with the Pitch Perfect movies.
They hired Anna Kendrick and Hailee Steinfeld,
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