Uggie, the virtuoso Jack Russell Terrier from The Artist, has been getting most of the animal awards season attention this year, but dog enthusiasts (and readers of Vulture's highly scientific dog actor study) will remember that another member of that illustrious breed had a major movie role in 2011. So does Christopher Plummer! It helps, probably, that Plummer shared the screen with a dog in question, but the likely Oscar nominee has started a guerrilla campaign in support of Cosmo, his wise and adorable Beginners co-star. Plummer refused to be photographed with Uggie at Newsweek's Oscar roundtable, and he informed the magazine that "[Beginners] had the better dog." (He also took some time to throw shade at Terrence Malick: "The problem with Terry is he desperately needs a writer.") Anyway, Christopher Plummer is probably the only person on earth who can get away with hating a cute dog, so keep on doing you, Captain Von Trapp. (The same does not apply to the cast and crew of The Artist. Stop being so French and support your dog!)
Behind the scenes shoot for The Hollywood Reporter featuring Uggie &
Extract from the original Newsweek article:
There’s a stir in the room when the surprise seventh star arrives—Uggie, the scene-stealing 9-year-old Jack Russell from The Artist. Should one address him in English or French? Swinton, not one to be starstruck, falls to her knees before the canine. “Hi, Uggie, you are such an amazing dog!” she says, insisting on a photo of the two of them together. Not everyone is so happy to see the pooch. Plummer expresses frustration that Cosmo, Beginners’ remarkable Jack Russell, isn’t getting the same awards-season attention. “We had the better dog,” he declares, with his best silken patrician diction. He doesn’t seem to want to pose in the group photo with Uggie—the competition!—and no one is quite sure whether his reluctance is serious or sly.
Seems like someone needs to shut their von Trapp and stop hating. As for Cosmo, maybe if he spent more time on his PR and less time partying he wouldn't have to send his co-stars to do his dirty work.
SMH at this whole situation. Awards seasons brings out people's ugly sides.