It seems Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber had some reservations about the way his iconic musical Cats was handled on the big screen, particularly in James Corden’s big song.
The theatre legend criticised “unfunny interpolations” added to the performance of Bustopher Jones in “other productions” of the story, clearly referring to Tom Hooper’s critically savaged movie.
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Webber made the comments while hosting a live commentary on YouTube for the 1998 filmed version of the Cats stage show.
“This is much closer to what I wrote than other productions,” he said. “Bustopher without interruption, as I wrote it.”
He added: “Do not be beguiled by other versions. Other versions with unfunny interpolations which I begged to be cut out.
“I did manage to get the worst of them removed. I cannot tell you how absolutely un-Eliot it all was in this song.”
Webber said his preferred version of the character “didn’t hang around on a seesaw”, as Corden’s take on Jones does in the movie.
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Corden himself has expressed mixed views about the movie, saying in December that he hadn’t seen it, but had heard it was “terrible”.
In February, he said he doesn’t regret making the film during a segment of The Late Late Show in which he appeared alongside Justin Bieber.
He said: “You've got to decide things based on your own personal experience and I had a really great time.
“So I don't regret doing it at all because I decided to do it in the same way that I've decided to do many things, and some have worked and some haven't.”
The British actor poked fun at Cats when he presented the award for Best Visual Effects at the Oscars earlier this year, alongside co-star Rebel Wilson.
The duo wore versions of their costumes for the films and quipped: “As cast members of the motion picture Cats, nobody more than us understands the importance of good visual effects”.
Cats received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics when it hit cinemas in December, earning just a 21% approval score on Rotten Tomatoes.
It also floundered at the box office, earning just $74m (£58m) worldwide.