Cats composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has revealed he regretted the movie adaptation so much, he bought a dog.
In an interview with Variety, Webber wasn’t shy in his disdain for the film adaptation, helmed by Les Miserables director, Tom Hooper.
“Cats was off-the-scale wrong,” Webber lamented. “There wasn’t really any understanding of why the music ticked at all. I saw it and I just thought, ‘Oh, God, no.’”
The 73-year-old composer went on to say that he hated the film so much, he bought his first dog.
“It was the first time in my 70-odd years on this planet that I went out and bought a dog,” he admitted. “So the one good thing to come out of it is my little Havanese puppy.”
Webber added that he’d grown so close to his furry companion during lockdown, he asked the airline if his pet could join him on his next visit to New York as a therapy dog.
“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. 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.”
Apparently sympathetic to his plight, the airline approved his request with the note: “‘No doctor’s report required’.”
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