In a game of “Spill Your Guts,” Justin, 25, couldn’t stop laughing when he asked James, 41, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you regret doing Cats?” If the Into the Woods actor didn’t answer the question, he would have to eat cod sperm.
However, James complied. “Here’s the thing. I had the loveliest time making that film,” he confessed. “It took me six days and I loved every single second of it. So I think you’ve got to be careful not to … You’ve got to decide things on your own personal experience, and I had a really great time.”
James portrayed a cat named Bustopher Jones in Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical. Among the star-studded cast were Taylor, 30, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Hudson, Jason Derulo, Idris Elba, Sir Ian McKellen and Dame Judi Dench.
Despite a cast full of A-list actors, the film received harsh reviews and didn’t perform well at the box office. Box Office Mojo reported that Cats only grossed $73 million worldwide — far from the reported $100 million budget.
“I don’t regret doing it at all, because I decided to do it in the way I’ve decided to do many things; some have worked and some haven’t,” James added. “I’m going to put it at a solid 5,” he paused, and then changed his answer. “4.5! 4.5!” he said hastily.
Justin and Taylor have a complicated history. In June 2019, the “Lover” singer waged war with music executive Scooter Braun, accusing him of being a “manipulative bully” while detailing her experience working with him. Justin seemed to defend Scooter, 38. “One thing I know is both Scooter and I love you,” he wrote on Instagram at the time. “I’m sure Scooter and I would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither Scooter or I have anything negative to say about you. We truly want the best for you.”
Taylor is also good friends with Justin’s ex, Selena Gomez.