It’s not a secret that the movie adaptation of Cats wasn’t the best, having only received a 53 per cent audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.
But it has come to many people’s attention now how much the film has affected Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, the original composer.
It appeared that it was so bad that he bought therapy dog, and said that the film was “off-the-scale all wrong.”
“There wasn’t really any understanding of why the music ticked at all. I saw it, and I just thought, ‘Oh, God, no,’” Lloyd Webber told Variety.
He then went on to say that this was the first time in his “70-odd years on this planet” that he purchased a “Havanese puppy.”
Claiming the pooch was a therapy dog, he reportedly even told an airline (which has not been named) that he needed to have the pet travel with him all the time.
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“I wrote off and said I needed him with me at all times because I’m emotionally damaged, and I must have this therapy dog,” he continued.
The airline ended up responding back to him and said, “Can you prove that you really need him?” to which Lloyd Weber replied, “Yes, just see what Hollywood did to my musical ‘Cats.’”
As a result, he did the green light to carry the pup from the airline with the comment, “No doctor’s report required.”
Once Twitter started to stir about the moment, people couldn’t help but comment on the situation.
“This is the funniest thing I’ve ever f***ing read I’m losing it,” someone wrote.
“Gonna start asking for special treatment everywhere I go because of what Hollywood did to Cats,” another added.
A third person believed that the film “damaged” cats’ “reputations.:
“‘Cats’ was so bad that it damaged the reputation of cats,” they wrote.
Check out some other responses below.
Lloyd Webber began working on Cats in 1977, which was based on the musical on T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats.
The show premiered in London’s West End in 1981, and the following year, it aired on Broadway.
Soon after, the musical became a success and won countless awards such as a Tony and Oliver Award for best musical.
Cats succeeded for 18 years in New York and 21 years in London.
Two years ago, with the 2019 adaption, it was a star-studded cast featuring Taylor Swift, Idris Elba, James Corden, and more while Tom Hooper, the Oscar-winning director behind “The King’s Speech, directed the film.
As we have come to know, the film was ridiculed for the portrayal of cats that had both feline and human features.
Lloyd Weber even told Universal Studios that the movie would be a “car crash” the year before its release.
In the end, Cats did win six Razzie Awards, which included prizes for worst picture and director.