From the very first look of the Cats movie, a classic Broadway production turned hybrid animated film, fans knew that something would be terribly off. Although the producers knew that there would be tough criticism concerning the film, they probably could have never predicted what it would turn into.
While some people who take Broadway seriously refused to even entertain the idea of going to see the movie in theaters, others went just for the giggles.
Even the stars of the film itself had their own controversial opinions.
Speaking of Jason, the star opened up about him believing that it would be his big break. To take it a step further, he even said that he thought it would change the world.
‘I thought it was gonna change the world. Even when I saw the trailer, I got chills down my spine!’ he told The Telegraph.
‘For the longest time, I was trying to figure out what’s the perfect first role. Cats checked all the boxes. You can’t get a more start-studded cast, you don’t get a more respected director than an Oscar winner, and Rum Tum Tugger is a legacy role, a standout character in a classic musical.’
This comes after director Tom Hooper revealed where he may have gone wrong.
‘I think probably my original dream to use a lot of the human face had gotten perhaps a bit lost in that process of rushing to make that first trailer. I really concentrated on bringing back the actors’ faces because when you’ve got Ian McKellen or Judi Dench or Taylor Swift, why would you not want to? I don’t know if that’s what the comments were asking for, but what I took from it was that I needed to reconnect with my original plan and make sure I was delivering on that.’
Although his first movie role may have been a bomb, Jason has found success in Tik Tok.