Jason Derulo has revealed he got “chills down my spine” when he saw the first trailer for Cats and thought the movie would “change the world”.
The R&B star played Rum Tum Tugger in Tom Hooper’s critically savaged adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, which baffled cinemagoers last year.
Derulo told The Telegraph he had been searching for an ideal role to begin his movie career and that Rum Tum Tugger “checked all the boxes”.
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He added: “Even when I saw the trailer, I thought it looked unbelievable.
“Like, I know some people saw it and they were terrified, but I got chills down my spine. I thought it was gonna change the world.”
Derulo admitted the movie “didn’t pan out”, but said he has learned important lessons for the future of his career.
He said: “With all things that left-field, it could either be considered genius or bats*** crazy. That’s the risk you take.
“It taught me a lesson. You can’t wait for the perfect moment, ‘cause that might not be your moment. So you’ve just got to go for gold.”
Famous faces have also queued up to trash the film, with Lloyd Webber himself dubbing the movie “ridiculous” and criticising the musical number featuring James Corden.
Corden himself has poked fun at the movie — most notably when he presented an award at the Oscars in full costume alongside co-star Rebel Wilson.
The movie boasted an incredible A-list cast, also including Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Idris Elba as the villainous Macavity.
Sadly, that cast was unable to elevate the material and the deeply creepy use of “digital fur technology”, with one review notably calling the film “the worst thing to happen to cats since dogs”.