We can all agree that 2019's Cats was a completely bizarre event – with many disturbing images and ideas explored.
But one of the most haunting scenes of all was when Rebel Wilson's character Jennyanydots was able to unzip her fur to reveal human clothes underneath. Pure witchery.
Well, thanks to the film's audio commentary (via CBR), we finally have answers to some of our burning questions from Cats director Tom Hooper himself about his viral-yet-bonkers movie, including his thoughts about this weird moment.
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He referred to his decision to allow Rebel's feline alter ego to unzip her own skin as his "tongue-in-cheek way of referencing that [he's] using digital fur as clothing".
He also explained that the decision to give the mice in Rebel's scene the faces of children was the actress's own suggestion. Disturbing times...
Another interesting insight offered by Hooper was the revelation of an under-the-radar past romance between Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen's feline characters, Old Deuteronomy and Gus the Theatre Cat.
If anyone fancies a rewatch of Cats at any point, watch out for a look exchanged between the two characters. It was apparently unscripted and the idea of Dench and McKellen.
They had, according to Hooper, "decided their cats had some sort of romantic backstory" and this look was reflecting that past.
Based on the stage musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cats began life as a book of poems by TS Eliot called Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats.
Eliot's quirky poems were hardly the most obvious choice of material for a stage musical because, you know, they have no plot – and the same applies now that it's been turned into a movie.
Hooper's adaptation is extremely faithful to the show it's based on, with the director choosing to stick to the sung-through format, as he did with Les Misérables.
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