Pet Sematary director says cats who played Church were a 'pack of divas' on set https://t.co/NW6njKlEDY— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 29, 2019
In Mary Lambert's adaptation of the Stephen King novel, Church the cat is a British shorthair. Directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kölsch didn't want to "compete" with that cat. After looking at a hardcover edition of Pet Sematary that featured a Maine Coon, they settled on using that kind of cat for the part.
They had to get about 8 cats who looked the same, and then train them for the role.
At the Q&A following the LA premiere, Widmyer says: "There was the cat that could hiss, the cat that could jump, the cat that could stare… They were like this pack of divas on set. You know, the cat would get on set and have to get acclimated, so all the actors would have to shut up and just kind of let the cat sniff everything for like ten minutes. So, we just sat there, and watched the cat.”
Stephen King attended a screening with a special guest:
I took Molly, aka the Thing of Evil, to an advance screening of PET SEMATARY. She didn't come back the same. pic.twitter.com/l2dFgeuvBT— Stephen King (@StephenKing) March 29, 2019
...and called the adaptation "fucking great" ("It’s f—ing great! It’s a really good movie. It’s a grown-up, adult kind of movie. It’s not like 12 semi-clad teens get killed in a summer camp.")
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Who is more of a diva: You or your cat?