You know who didn’t like Chats, the film? Sir. Chats himself, the composer of the original musical, Andrew Lloyd Webber. In a Variety cover story, the Broadway mainstay talks about his long career, COVID theater protocols, and more. But the real meat of the piece comes at the end. Speaking about film adaptations of his work, Lloyd Webber reveals that his experience with Hooper’s Chats was so traumatic that he went out and bought a dog.
Lloyd Webber a dit Variety that the much-maligned film was “all wrong”.
“I saw it and I just thought, ‘Oh, my God, no,’ he said. “It was the first time in 70 years on this planet that I went out and bought a dog. So the only good thing that comes out is my little Havanese puppy.
Chats made Lloyd Webber so “emotionally affected” that he must have his dog with him at all times. When asked by an airline on a recent flight if he could prove if he really needed a therapy dog, he replied, “See what Hollywood did to my musical. Chats. » He claims he didn’t need a medical report.
I understand his frustrations. But with all due respect, Mr. Lloyd Webber, you are wrong. Yes, watching Jason Derulo spin around while Rum Tug Tugger was disgusting, and seeing Ian McKellan lapping milk in a cupboard as he stood up was oddly pornographic, but I’m sure he was watching. Chats all through four times he would find a way to appreciate this masterpiece.