By Andrew Bullock For Mailonline
Published: 11:10 GMT, 24 December 2019 | Updated: 11:14 GMT, 24 December 2019
James Corden has joined the industry-wide criticism of Tom Hooper’s extravagant rendering of Cats – despite appearing in the new movie adaptation himself.
The actor and comedian, 41, said he has ‘heard it’s terrible’ and admitted he hasn’t even seen the finished project yet, in which he plays Bustopher Jones.
Corden’s comments follow a disappointing opening weekend for the film – also starring Taylor Swift, Idris Elba and Dame Judi Dench – which saw it flop at the box office and receive an unprecedentedly terrible critical reception.
Slammed: James Corden has joined the industry-wide criticism of Tom Hooper’s extravagant rendering of Cats – despite appearing in the new movie adaptation himself
Speaking in an interview on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 show on Monday, he said when questioned about the project: ‘I haven’t seen it, I’ve heard it’s terrible.’
‘The reviews have been a bit harsh,’ Ball added, with Corden’s Gavin & Stacey co-star Larry Lamb chiming in jokingly: ‘It’s got some brilliant reviews!’
This comes after it was revealed that a re-edited version is being reissued to cinemas and movie theaters a week after its original release.
The film – released last Friday – has reportedly been updated because Hooper didn’t finish working on it until the day before the world premiere, which was last Monday.
No-show: The actor and comedian, 41, said he has ‘heard it’s terrible’ and admitted he hasn’t even seen the finished project yet, in which he plays Bustopher Jones
Too little, too late: An updated version of the already infamous movie musical Cats is being sent to movie theaters… even though the film was already released on Friday
In an exchange on Twitter on Friday, it was revealed that the following note was sent to theaters playing the film: ‘DCDC and Deluxe-Technicolor will be sending updated FTR-20 SMPTE DCPs of Cats which will include some improved visual effects. The runtime is unchanged.’
While the actual content of the movie will most likely remain unchanged, some visual effects may have been fixed or improved by the director and his post production team.
While Hooper won an Academy Award for directing the 2010 gem The King’s Speech, which also won Best Picture that year, this film, based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical, is suffering with a terrible 19 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Most of the reviews are fairly savage, including one summarized simply with the word, ‘Woof’, however the Daily Mail’s own Brian Viner found he had a soft spot for the feline fiasco.
Praising the film, he wrote: ‘Eight out of ten cinemagoers will enjoy it, as long as they go along prepared for what is essentially a feline-themed ballet.’
The man responsible: As reported by Variety, the film’s director Tom Hooper didn’t actually finish working on the film until the day before the world premiere, which was last Monday
‘Improved visual effects’: The note that was reportedly sent to movie theater operations staff and managers
Kitten play: The film, meanwhile, is in the midst of receiving abysmal word of mouth and negative reviews, that have combined to create a curiously attention-getting ‘anti-buzz’
Why the smile: Cats, based on the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway musical, is suffering with a terrible 19 percent on Rotten Tomatoes
Jason Derulo, who stars as Rum Tum Tugger in the film, is himself rather displeased with critics’ poor opinions, telling TMZ in New York City on Thursday that he thought the film is ‘a deportation to another dimension.’
‘Reviews don’t matter man, reviews don’t matter,’ he also insisted, calling the film ‘an incredibly brave piece of art.’
It should also be noted that the audience score for Cats on Rotten Tomatoes is considerably higher than the critic composite rating, standing at a much healthier 64 percent.
Cats star James Corden SLAMS the movie adaptation (despite being IN it!)
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