Speaking with The Telegraph, the pop star, 30, who played Run Tum Tugger in the CGI-heavy film, opened up about the project, which was universally panned by critics. "I thought it was gonna change the world," he admitted to the outlet. "Even when I saw the trailer, I got chills down my spine!"
Despite the reaction, Cats ended up being a milestone venture for Derulo as it marked his first acting gig. "For the longest time, I was trying to figure out what’s the perfect first role," he recalled. "Cats checked all the boxes. You can’t get a more start-studded cast, you don’t get a more respected director than an Oscar winner, and Rum Tum Tugger is a legacy role, a standout character in a classic musical."
Additionally, Derulo learned more about the risk in joining projects that might be "left-field" to the public. "With all things that left-field, it could either be considered genius or bats**t crazy. That’s the risk you take," he explained of the movie, which was backed by heavy hitters like Taylor Swift and Idris Elba. "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."
Cats, which was released at the end of 2019, grossed $75 million, despite its budget clocking in as much as $100 million. It is estimated to have lost Universal Pictures around $114 million. It was also panned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the famed composer and creator of the original Broadway musical.
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