Taylor Swift On How Her Dad Inspired A Psychedelic Scene In Cats

Cats is a pretty trippy musical in and of itself. Basically, it’s a bunch of cats competing to die in order to reincarnated and get sucked up into a UFO.

You may think that I’m kidding, but I’m not. Needless to say, it looks like Cats, the film, is taking the trippiness up to eleven. No, we’re not talking about the CGI either.

In a scene from the trailer, we see Bombalurina (Taylor Swift) lounge in a hammock while sprinkling catnip over the Jellicle Ball. Apparently, after that, things get a little weird.

Talking with Variety, Swift shares how the scene came to be. Apparently, director Tom Hopper came to Nashville in order to show Swift some of the demos of the film. Her father was there when he suggested a scene.

“He comes into the management office and my mom and dad are there, and he’s sitting down with my whole team and he’s doing this demo. My dad is the most social, friendly man in the world. He has lots of ideas. When I was a kid, I’d have these meetings and I needed a parental chaperone. My dad would always, in the middle of the meeting, have an idea he’d want to tell people about. I’d be like: ‘Dad, Dad stop!’”

Swift continued as to how the scene came to be. Apparently, Hopper did not know what happened when you gave a cat catnip.

“And so in the middle of this meeting, Dad just pipes up and says, ‘Hey, I got an idea. What if you had a scene where they are all at the Jellicle Ball and they all get catnipped so they all just start going crazy?’ Tom Hooper goes, ‘What’s catnipped?’ All of us are like, ‘You don’t know what catnip is?’ We start pulling up all these YouTube videos of cats on catnip.”

Hopper loved the idea so much that he decided then and there, it was going into the film.

“Tom looks at Dad and goes, ‘That’s going to be in the movie. That’s exactly what we’re going to do.’ So my dad walks around going, ‘Hey, I’m the reason there’s catnip in the scene.’”

So when the cats go out of their minds during the catnip scene, spare a thought for Taylor Swift’s dad.

Cats will be released on Friday, Dec. 20.

Bec Heim
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