Despite all the promising acting talent on offer at Cannes this year, the breakout star of this year’s film festival is actually a ginger tom cat with the on-screen name Ulysses.
A small ginger tom cat has taken Cannes by storm after a feisty appearance in the Coen brothers’ acclaimed Inside Llewyn Davis.
It is the home of the film stars of tomorrow, with young acting talent showcased to the world.
But it appears a different kind of new star has been born at the Cannes Film Festival this year – in the shape of a small ginger tom cat.
Ulysses on the set of Inside Llewyn Davis (WENN)
The cat, which appears throughout the Coen brothers’ new film Inside Llewyn Davis, stole the show at a screening last night, where it won the hearts of the audience with a series of daring escapes.
With an on-screen name of Ulysses, the creature is now tipped to follow in the footsteps of Uggie the dog, who starred in the Oscar-winning The Artist two years ago.
The ginger cat, a male, provides a running theme throughout the film, which is a tale of a young folk singer struggling to make it in 1961 Greenwich Village, New York.
“The film doesn’t really have a plot,” Joel Coen said. “That concerned us at one point; that’s why we threw the cat in.”
Timberlake, who plays folk singer Jim in the critically-acclaimed film, added: “He had a large rider request. Of cat food and litter.”
The star of the film, Oscar Isaac, disclosed the animal had also proved something of a diva on set, once scratching him in the face.
“That’s what happens when you tie a cat to you and run into a subway,” he added.