'What The Hell Do They Know?': Jason Derulo Hits Back At 'Cats' Critics

The reviews for Tom Hooper's movie musical 'Cats' are rolling in and they are anything but kind.

"It's hard to know how to react to 'Cats' other than gape in slack-jawed amazement that the dare has continued for so long," NPR's Scott Tobias wrote.

"Cats always feels like it’s two seconds away from turning into a furry orgy in a dumpster," Collider's Matt Goldberg wrote, adding, "That’s the energy you have to sit with for almost two hours."

Yes, the film has not been received warmly by critics, who were astounded by the terrifying CGI cats and the sheer terrifying feline antics Hooper managed to cram into the two-hour runtime.



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One person who was not bothered by the tidal wave of terrible reviews was one of the film's stars, Jason Derulo.

Derulo plays Rum Tum Tugger and -- aside from being upset that the film reportedly digitally erased his bulge from the film -- he was pretty pleased with his performance.

Granted, Derulo is honestly a bright spot in the gothic horror that is the final film.

Sure, he's doing a cockney accent for no reason, but it's not a bad accent!



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A 'TMZ' photographer caught up with Derulo who was adamant that it was the critics who were wrong about the film.

"Reviews don't matter," he told the photographer, "at the end of the day the people are going to see it and it's going to be a deportation to another dimension.

"It's an incredible, brave piece of art," Derulo continued, "and it has always been that way. When ['Cats'] came out on Broadway it was the same thing."

It's worth noting that 'Cats' opened to mostly positive reviews when it first began in London, it's Broadway production did have mixed reviews but was not universally panned like the film was.

The original Broadway production also won seven Tony Awards and a Grammy.

"Any time you defy all rules there's going to be some pushback," Derulo continued, praising Hooper as a director and saying he didn't think "there's another director out there that's more classy than he is".



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Summing up his thoughts on the responses to the film, Derulo said he was excited for the public to experience the nightmarish fantasia that is 'Cats', adding, "Reviewers, what the hell do they know? Have they made a film ever in their lives?"

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Featured image: Universal Pictures.