For those of you who have watched the new Cats trailer and don’t quite get it. . . same. The internet had a field day when it dropped, and the cat jokes (and memes and twitter reactions) just keep on coming. Everyone’s got an opinion on the forthcoming movie-based-on-a-musical-based-on-a-poem and no one seems to know what any of it is about. So when Idris Elba—who plays the cat McCavity in the film—stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert last night, the host asked him the question on all of our minds: what really is Cats?
The funny thing? We’re not sure even Idris Elba knows.
“What a way to throw me under the bus there,” he responded. “I guess it’s about… a cat.”
Luckily, he regained his footing, saying that it’s basically about one cat’s journey to what is essentially “cat heaven.” Cat. Heaven. What cat heaven is exactly, we have no idea. Is it filled with cat nip and scratching posts? TBH we’re still just as confused as before, but we suppose that adds a bit of context. After all, it’s not like the convoluted concept is going to stop us from seeing the movie since every celebrity and their cousin is in this thing.
In addition to Elba, Cats stars the likes of Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen and Jason Derulo. But keep in mind, they’re all strange CGI cat versions of them, thanks to digital fur technology (LOL) with lots of dancing and singing, and honestly? Not much else.
And apparently, being a cat ain’t easy, because the cast had to go to CAT SCHOOL in preparation for the film. Yeah, it’s a thing. In order for the actors to truly embody the “vibe” of a cat, director Tom Hooper hired a cat expert (who specifically specializes in teaching humans how to be like cats?) to teach them the basics, starting with anatomy, before moving on to more complex lessons, like how to slink around like a feline. Spoiler alert: It’s all in the shoulders.
Lucky for us, Elba was down to not only show off his cat moves, but also happy to teach Colbert a few new tricks. It wasn’t long before the two were getting their cat groove on and surprisingly, Colbert nailed it. The guy’s a natural.