Taylor Swift has “no complaints” about appearing in box office flop Cats. The music superstar played Bombalurina alongside Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-r…
Taylor Swift has “no complaints” about appearing in box office flop Cats.
The music superstar played Bombalurina alongside Idris Elba, James Corden, Judi Dench, and Jennifer Hudson in Tom Hooper’s live-action adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running musical, while she also teamed up with the theatre mogul to create the original song Beautiful Ghosts.
The movie received overwhelmingly negative reviews from critics ahead of its release in December and is considered a box office bomb, having so far grossed $61 million (£48 million) on a budget rumoured to be as high as $100 million (£77 million).
When asked about Cats in an interview with Variety, Taylor insisted the divisive reaction hasn’t taken away from the positive experience she had filming it.
“I’m happy to be here, happy to be nominated, and I had a really great time working on that weird-a*s movie,” she declared. “I’m not gonna retroactively decide that it wasn’t the best experience. I never would have met Andrew Lloyd Webber or gotten to see how he works, and now he’s my buddy. I got to work with the sickest dancers and performers. No complaints.”
Her co-stars have remained quiet about the film since it was released in cinemas. However, following early reactions from the critics, Jason Derulo defended the movie, telling TMZ.com that “reviews don’t matter”.
“It’s an incredible piece of art done by some of the best people in the world,” he said. “I am just excited for the people to actually see it because reviewers, I mean, what the hell do they know? Have they made a film ever in their life?”
Swift and Lloyd Webber were nominated for a Golden Globe for Beautiful Ghosts but were beaten to the Best Original Song prize by Elton John and Bernie Taupin for (I’m Gonna) Love Me Again from Rocketman.
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Taylor Swift really enjoyed the “weirdness” of starring in Cats.The Grammy-winning singer plays Bombalurina in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running West End and Broadway musical, which is based on the poems of T. S. Eliot. And …
Taylor Swift really enjoyed the “weirdness” of starring in Cats.
The Grammy-winning singer plays Bombalurina in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s long-running West End and Broadway musical, which is based on the poems of T. S. Eliot.
And when quizzed by the 71-year-old if she was thinking about pursuing a career in Hollywood, Taylor was quick to shoot down any speculation she would be willing to put her singing on hold for the big screen.
“I have no idea,” she said in the interview with British Vogue. “I really had an amazing time with Cats. I think I loved the weirdness of it. I loved how I felt I’d never get another opportunity to be like this in my life.”
The 30-year-old also co-wrote the new song Beautiful Ghosts with Andrew for the movie, which also stars Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and Rebel Wilson, and impressively completed the track during an afternoon of rehearsals.
Writing the lyrics practically on the spot alongside the theatre mogul, Taylor explained that she needed to connect with the unusual storyline of the musical to bring it to life in the song.
“I think (writing) is really important – also from the side of ownership over what you do and make. Even if you aren’t a natural writer, you should try to involve yourself in the messages you’re sending,” she said.
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Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber have teamed up on a brand new song for the upcoming movie Cats.The Shake It Off hitmaker, who is playing Bombalurina in the film, has joined forces with the composer of the hit 1981 stage musical to write a new orig…
Taylor Swift and Andrew Lloyd Webber have teamed up on a brand new song for the upcoming movie Cats.
The Shake It Off hitmaker, who is playing Bombalurina in the film, has joined forces with the composer of the hit 1981 stage musical to write a new original song titled Beautiful Ghosts.
Lloyd Webber revealed he was prompted to write the original track, which will be eligible for an Oscar nomination next year, in an effort to expand the role of ballerina Francesca Hayward, who plays lead character Victoria in the movie. In the stage musical, Victoria is simply a white cat, who exists primarily as a ballerina figure, so Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper wanted to boost the feline character into a much more central role.
“When I first read the screenplay, the first thing I said was, ‘We have to have a song for Victoria,'” Lloyd Webber said in a statement. “Beautiful Ghosts (is now) an incredibly important and central part of the whole film.”
Beautiful Ghosts will also be sung briefly by Judi Dench, who plays Old Deuteronomy, and will be performed by Swift over the end credits.
“I was so excited when @andrewlloydwebber asked me to write an original song with him for @catsmovie,” the singer wrote on Instagram alongside a behind-the-scenes video of them working on the song. “Beautiful Ghosts is performed in the film by the extraordinary @frankiegoestohayward who plays Victoria and reprised by Dame Judi Dench (!!!!!) who plays Old Deuteronomy Coming soon!”
Hooper added that he was thrilled with the song, saying, “What I couldn’t believe was the extraordinary beauty of these lyrics that Taylor had written.”
Cats, also starring Ian McKellen, James Corden and Idris Elba, will be released on 20 December.
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