Andrew Lloyd Webber admitted he hated the 2019 film adaptation of his hit musical Cats so much that he bought a dog.
The composer has never hesitated to express his distaste for Tom Hooper’s star-studded and much-maligned version of the musical on stage.
In an interview with Variety earlier this week, Lloyd Webber went further, describing the film as “all wrong” while joking he left it so “emotionally affected” that he bought a dog to recover.
“There was no real understanding of why the music worked. I saw it and I just thought, ‘Oh, my God, no.’ It was the first time in my 70 or so years on this planet that I had gone out and bought a dog, ”said the musical impresario. “So the only good thing that comes out is my little Havanese puppy. “
Hooper’s interpretation of the CGI film was a widely regarded critical and commercial flop, described by Lloyd Webber at the time as “ridiculous” and “absolutely not Eliot.” Despite the star-studded cast, it was named Worst Movie of the Year at the 40th Golden Raspberry Awards.
Lloyd Webber, however, continues to find comfort in his dog. The furry companion even provided support during the lockdown and will accompany the 73-year-old on his future trips to New York.
Explaining how he would get his pet to town, Lloyd Webber said he asked an airline if they could make an exception.
“I wrote off and said I needed him with me at all times because I’m emotionally damaged and need to have this therapy dog,” the songwriter said.
“The airline responded and said, ‘Can you prove you really need him?’ And I said ‘Yeah, see what Hollywood did to my musical’ Cats ‘.’ Then the approval came back with a note saying, ‘No doctor’s report required.’
Throughout the pandemic, Lloyd Webber has campaigned for the reopening of theaters and is optimistic that the theater districts of London and New York will once again welcome audiences.
“It’s a little overwhelming and it’s very emotional,” he told Variety. ” It’s my life. And for about 16 months, the most loved thing in the world has been taken away. “