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Andrew Lloyd Webber appears to throw shade at James Corden’s Cats role

Andrew Lloyd Webber throws major shade at James Corden’s ‘unfunny’ performance in Cats and reveals he ‘begged’ for the comedian’s improvised quips to be ‘CUT OUT’

By Niomi Harris For Mailonline

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Last year’s movie adaptation of popular stage musical Cats was universally savaged by critics, despite featuring an all-star cast.

And now months on, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer of the original Cats musical, has thrown major shade at James Corden‘s performance in the 2019 film.

The musical theatre impresario, 72, hinted the chat show host’s turn as Bustopher Jones wasn’t to his liking and alluded he wasn’t a fan of James’ off-the-cuff improvisation in the film.

Not impressed: Andrew Lloyd Webber, the composer of the original Cats musical, has thrown major shade at James Corden’s performance in the 2019 film (pictured 2014)

Andrew recently recently held an online viewing party for the filmed 1998 stage version of Cats in honour of his late cat Mika, where he delivered live commentary throughout.

And while there, he appeared to take a swipe at the Tom Hooper directed flick, which also starred the likes of Judi Dench and Taylor Swift.

When the stage version of Bustopher Jones appeared on screen, Andrew appeared to make a dig at James’ interpretation, as he said: ‘Bustopher without interruption, as I wrote it. 

Shade: The musical theatre impresario, 72, hinted the chat show host’s turn as Bustopher Jones wasn’t to his liking and alluded he wasn’t a fan of James’ off-the-cuff improvisation

‘Do not be beguiled by other versions. Other versions with unfunny interpolations which I begged to be cut out.’

He continued: ‘I did manage to get the worst of them removed. I cannot tell you how absolutely un-Eliot it all was in this song.’ 

While Andrew didn’t mention James by name, the musical genius heavily hinted he was referring to the Late Show host’s portrayal of the character. 

James wasn’t a fan of his own performance either it seems as it turns out he never actually watched the finished version of the film.

Speaking in an interview on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 show, he said when questioned about the project: ‘I haven’t seen it, I’ve heard it’s terrible.’

Commentary: Andrew recently recently held an online viewing party for the filmed 1998 stage version of Cats in honour of his late cat Mika, where he delivered live commentary throughout

Director Tom Hooper’s extravagant rendering – with an A-list ensemble cast featuring the talents of Taylor Swift, Dame Judi Dench, Idris Elba and Sir Ian McKellen – received largely negative comments when it was released late last year. 

Branded an ‘all-time disaster’ by one critic, the film was slammed as ‘jarring’, ‘a huge failure’, ‘soulless’ and just plain ‘wrong’ by movie buffs on both sides of the Atlantic.  

Critics would argue that CGI is the least of its worries, with the Daily Telegraph branding Hooper’s film ‘an all-time disaster’ and giving it the ignominious honour of zero stars – the first in the publication’s history.

Awkward: When the stage version of Bustopher Jones appeared on screen, Andrew appeared to make a dig at James’ interpretation, as he said: ‘Bustopher without interruption, as I wrote it’

Dig: Speaking in an interview on Zoe Ball’s BBC Radio 2 show, he said when questioned about the project: ‘I haven’t seen it, I’ve heard it’s terrible.’ 

‘Once seen, the only realistic way to fix Cats would be to spay it, or simply pretend it never happened,’ writes review Tom Robey.

‘Because it’s an all-time disaster – a rare and star-spangled calamity which will leave jaws littered across floors and agents unemployed. For the first time since the head-spinningly dire dadcom Old Dogs in 2010, I’m giving a film no stars.’

Empire magazine was equally critical, but praised the film for its ‘craft and talent,’ while conceding that, visually at least, it is ‘bold and striking.’

Cast: Director Tom Hooper’s extravagant rendering had an A-list ensemble cast featuring the talents of Taylor Swift, Dame Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Jennifer Hudson and Sir Ian McKellen 

Panned: Branded an ‘all-time disaster’ by one critic, the film was slammed as ‘jarring’, ‘a huge failure’, ‘soulless’ and just plain ‘wrong’ by movie buffs on both sides of the Atlantic 

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