Anthony Ramos Gifted the Internet With His Audition For the Movie ‘Cats’ and…We’re Not Mad at It
It’s safe to say that Anthony Ramos dodged a bullet. The ‘Hamilton’ singer-actor took to Twitter on Tuesday to drop a completely unexpected (but wholly appreciated) gem: his audition for the 2019 movie-musical ‘Cats’.
Seemingly out-of-the-blue, Ramos shared a video of his audition accompanied by the simple text: “This was my audition for CATS the movie.”
No more explanation needed, we guess?
Ramos sings a sexy rendition of “Rum Tum Tugger”–a song about a cat so charismatic and sexually appealing that he drives the lady cats wild (hey, there’s a reason the movie was a disaster).
As a refresher, audiences were turned off by “Cats'” bizarre visual effects and nonsensical plot.
It was marketed as the ultimate Oscar bait: a star-studded movie adaptation of a beloved and long-running musical with a rabid fan base.
The film starred big-name celebs like Jennifer Hudson, Judy Dench, and Taylor Swift. It was directed by Tom Hooper, who had previously wowed critics and audiences alike with his film adaptation of “Les Miserables”.
But “Cats” bombed so badly that the movie became endless fodder for internet memes and late night hosts.
But Ramos’s audition made the entire internet realize what could have been, if the casting directors had known what was good for them.
If you’re a fan of the musical, then it’s no surprise that Ramos auditioned for the part of Rum Tum Tugger–a cat so charismatic and sexually appealing that he drives the lady cats wild.
According to the musical’s composer, Andrew Lloyd Webber, the character is meant to be an homage to rock-and-roll sex icon, Mick Jagger. In the 2019 adaptation, the part went to Jason Derulo.
In his audition, Ramos infused the part with class, sensuality, and a sense of movement that Jason Derulo definitely didn’t have.
And while some people were confused at why Anthony Ramos shared this random audition #TBT, most people were just happy to watch.
One thing’s for sure: Ramos is an artist who is truly dedicated to his craft.
This person correctly stated that Ramos was “far too good” for the movie.
This person believed that Ramos could have single-handedly saved “Cats” from certain doom, had he been hired.
We understand the sentiment, but we don’t believe anything could have saved “Cats”.
This person proposed a full Broadway revival with Ramos starring as Rum Tum Tugger.
Stranger things have happened!