Gavin & Stacey's Rob Brydon missed out on Cats movie role

Tasha Hegarty
·2-min read
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Photo credit: Universal

From Digital Spy

The 2019 musical Cats almost saw a partial Gavin & Stacey reunion.

Despite scathing reviews and the less than impressed reaction to the weird CGI, the film does boast an excellent cast, with the likes of Dame Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Rebel Wilson and Taylor Swift all donning furry outfits and dancing at the Jellicle Ball.

And it seems that Cats could have had even more star power, as Gavin & Stacey star Rob Brydon has revealed he auditioned for a part in the movie but was ultimately rejected.

Brydon shared his audition woes while hosting BBC One's Would I Lie To You, telling the panel that he auditioned for the role of Growltiger.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

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"I auditioned for that film and didn't get it," he said. "You know who got the part I went up for – Ray Winstone."

Had he landed the role, he would've appeared alongside his co-star in the beloved BBC sitcom as James Corden played Bustopher Jones. Corden, of course, starred as Gavin's best mate Smithy in Gavin & Stacey, also serving as co-creator, writer and associate producer on the series.

Ever since the Gavin & Stacey Christmas Special in 2019, fans have called for a series reboot – or even a movie – but Brydon isn't keen on the latter.

Photo credit: BBC
Photo credit: BBC

"I don't think they should do that," he told Digital Spy last year. "I think that would be a mistake. It's not a film. It's not a cinema thing. It is what it is, and I don't hold film over television."

The actor continued: "There's sometimes an assumption that if it were to become a film it would somehow be elevating itself, and I think that's a misnomer. I think that's a mistake.

"I think that maybe, if James and Ruth decided to make another special, that would be wonderful, but I don't at all buy into this idea that a film of a TV show is somehow elevating it and taking it to another level. I just don't see that myself."

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