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TS Eliot would not have minded Cats reviews, says his estate

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Original author ‘liked to have his head blown’ and would have seen the funny side of film’s terrible reception, says spokesperson

TS Eliot “would have had a sense of humour” about the much derided film adaptation of Cats despite the drubbing it has received from reviewers around the world, according to his estate.

Starring big names including Taylor Swift, Idris Elba and Ian McKellen, Tom Hooper’s adaption of the long-running musical is based on Eliot’s book of children’s poems, Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. The film has been variously described by critics as “revolting and briefly alluring” and “two seconds away from turning into a furry orgy in a dumpster”.

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