Andrew Lloyd Webber Hated the Cats Movie so Much He Bought a Dog: ‘I’m Emotionally Damaged’

Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber

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Andrew Lloyd Webber just isn’t a fan of the movie adaptation of his musical, Cats.

Nearly two years after the movie’s launch, the 73-year-old composer known as it “off-the-scale all wrong” throughout an interview with Variety this week. He admitted that he disliked the movie a lot that it prompted him to purchase a canine.

Cats was off-the-scale all wrong,” he mentioned. “There wasn’t really any understanding of why the music ticked at all. I saw it and I just thought, ‘Oh, God, no.’ It was the first time in my 70-odd years on this planet that I went out and bought a dog. So the one good thing to come out of it is my little Havanese puppy.”

After holding one another firm all through the COVID-19 pandemic, Lloyd Webber added that he is able to convey his new pup to Broadway when the time is correct.

“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 informed Variety. “The airline wrote back and said, ‘Can you prove that you really need him?’ And I said ‘Yes, just see what Hollywood did to my musical Cats.’ Then the approval came back with a note saying, ‘No doctor’s report required.’ “

(In December, the Department of Transportation introduced new revisions to its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) that enable airways to ban ESAs by treating all ESAs as pets as a substitute. Several airways, together with Southwest, American, and Alaska, have since modified their very own rules to ban ESAs from their flights.)



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This is not the primary time that Lloyd Webber has spoken about his distaste for the 2019 movie — which starred Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson and James Corden.

“The problem with the film was that Tom Hooper decided that he didn’t want anybody involved in it who was involved in the original show,” the playwright informed the U.Okay.’s Sunday Times in August 2020. “The whole thing was ridiculous.”

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Webber is listed as an government producer on the movie, and teamed up with Swift to jot down an authentic music for the film known as “Beautiful Ghost.” While he has been vocal about his points with the movie, others concerned within the mission have continued to defend it in opposition to combined evaluations.

In August, Hudson mentioned she thought that the dwell adaptation of the hit Broadway musical was “misunderstood.”

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“You know what? I think it was a bit overwhelming. It’s unfortunate that it was misunderstood,” Hudson informed the outlet. “I think later down the line, people will see it differently. But it is something I am still very proud of and grateful to have been a part of. Yeah, I got to be Grizabella the Glamour Cat!”

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The Academy Award winner has even since adopted two cats of her personal that she named after her character and Macavity, performed by Idris Elba.

“They are the best thing I’ve ever had,” she mentioned of her pets. “I love them so much.”


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