‘Cats’ Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber Says He Was Left ‘Emotionally Damaged’ by Film Version and Had to Buy a ‘Therapy Dog’

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he disliked the 2019 film version of Cats so much he bought a ‘therapy dog’.

The theatre impresario said he was let ’emotionally damaged’ by the star-studded big screen adaptation of his classical musical, which he described as ‘off-the-scale wrong’.

The film, directed by Tom Hooper, was a critical and commercial flop, with criticism focusing on the CGI effects, plot and acting performances.

It was also named worst film of the year at the 40th Golden Raspberry Awards.

Lord Lloyd Webber, 73, told Variety: ‘There wasn’t really any understanding of why the music ticked at all. I saw it and I just thought, ‘Oh, God, no.’

‘It was the first time in my 70-odd years on this planet that I went out and bought a dog. So the one good thing to come out of it is my little Havanese puppy.’

Speaking about bringing his new pet to New York, he added: ‘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’.

‘Then the approval came back with a note saying, ‘No doctor’s report required.’

Source: Daily Mail