Can last-minute changes give “Cats” another life? Universal Studios notified thousands of movie theaters that a new version of the movie with "improved visual effects" is on its way. The film adaptation of the classic Broadway musical flopped at the box office, earning just $6.5 million on opening weekend. It's also being widely panned because of embarrassing mistakes, including one scene in which Judi Dench's character can be seen having a human hand and wedding ring.
Taylor Swift was almost cast in Les Misérables — but she didn’t land the role of Éponine for what director Tom Hooper says is a very “flattering” reason.
Hooper, who would eventually go on to direct the singer in Cats, revealed in a recent interview with Vulture that while he came close to casting Swift in the 2012 movie, he ultimately didn’t believe Swift fit the character of an impoverished girl who gets overlooked.
“She had auditioned for Les Mis. She rather brilliantly auditioned for Éponine. I didn’t cast her, but I got very close to it,” Hooper, 47, told Vulture. He explained that because of that audition, he thought of the “You Need to Calm Down” singer, 30, immediately for Cats.
“Ultimately, I couldn’t quite believe Taylor Swift was a girl people would overlook,” Hooper said. “So it didn’t quite feel right for her for the most flattering reason.”
Éponine was ultimately played by British actress Samantha Barks, and the film would go on to win three Oscars, including Best Supporting Actress for Anne Hathaway.
Taylor Swift, 30, had a body double for her scenes as Bombalurina, as actress Annabelle Strutt revealed she was a stand in for the singer on set.
Taking to Instagram to share an array of behind-the-scenes shots on Instagram in December, she gushed: 'So, at the beginning of the year I was given the opportunity to be Taylor Swift’s (Bombalurina) body double in the upcoming musical film CATS.
'I had a nice little trailer all to myself and experienced working in motion capture (hence the weird Star-Trek-style outfit and why I look like I’ve got the pox in these pics!)'
In the beginning, there was the word, and the word was that director Tom Hooper’s Cats had a version with cat buttholes included amongst its menagerie of horrors. While those claims seem to be more of a rumor than a confirmed feature, that rumor has inspired fans to ask for #TheButtholeCut to be released. Should you be one of those fans asking for the truth, the hole truth and nothing but the truth, your day has technically come, as someone created a fake trailer for Cats: The Butthole Cut.
This alternate version of Cats moments has been brought to you by a group of pranksters known as XVP Comedy, and they’re really gone all out when it comes to showing the world what at true “Butthole Cut” would look like. Which is essentially the same version of director Tom Hooper’s crazy musical, just with some more distractions in frame.
We’re not talking about one or two buttholes either. In fact, there’s a lot of cat butt in this Cats tribute to a rumor that’s now, officially, gotten out of hand. When you create a billboard that advertises a butthole, a smokestack that ends with a butthole and even a butthole in the moon, things have taken a turn that can never be unseen.
As Cats has made the rounds on home video with its early digital release window, the movie has once again become the butt of the cultural joke. Though there’s also some cat nipples added to characters like Sir Ian McKellen’s Gus the Theatre Cat, but since there’s no real catchy joke to go with that, we’ll just refrain from tweaking that particular subject.
One has to wonder how the folks at Universal would respond to this interesting development, as they’ve been good sports about “The Butthole Cut” of Cats since the very beginning. As for the legions of people on Twitter that have only given A+ feedback on this new internet obsession, they’re probably tickled pink themselves to see this sort of video floating around.
Frankly, with the arrival of this… intriguing look at what Cats: The Butthole Cut could look like, there’s only one course of action left. In the name of curiosity, sanity and sheer laughter, The Butthole Cut must be released into the wild.
In fact, throw in that really weird scene where Rebel Wilson’s Jennyanydots relieves herself in a sink while you’re at it. We’re in a pandemic right now, and with the normal rules of reason and law thrown out the window, it’s time to get weird. Either that, or it’s time to just forget any of this ever happened, as we move on to the next oddity in the world of cinema.