Paws for thought as Uggie makes big impression in LA
But this time it is in cement as The Artist’s canine star retires from Hollywood career
Uggie, the canine star of the Oscar-winning film The Artist, became the first dog to put his paw prints in cement outside the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
The Jack Russell terrier was celebrated at a treat-laden ceremony outside the landmark as councillor Tom LaBonge declared it Uggie Day in Los Angeles.
“The main message that Uggie would like to send to everybody out there is to please adopt,” Uggie’s trainer, Omar Van Muller, told the crowd.
“He’s adopted. He made it. If you guys can adopt a dog, even if they don’t make it on the big screen, they’ll be big stars at your house.”
The event also marked Uggie’s retirement from show business.
Mr Van Muller said Uggie, whose other film credits include Mr Fix It and Water for Elephants, would no longer star in films but would appear at charity events and other functions.
Uggie, who arrived at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in a fire engine, was bestowed with a golden bow-tie collar and given a cake in the shape of a fire hydrant after performing tricks for photographers and tourists lining a red carpet.
Uggie’s Artist stand-ins − his brother Dash and another Jack Russell named Dude − were noticeably absent at the festivities.
The trio shared the role of the canine companion to Jean Dujardin’s fading silent film star in The Artist. The movie won five trophies at the Academy Awards earlier this year, including the best picture prize. After cementing his paws, Uggie dipped them in ink and autographed DVD and Blu-ray copies of The Artist.
Uggie joins a long list of celebrities who have left handprints and footprints in the courtyard of the tourist spot. Among them were Johnny Depp, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire and Kim Novak.
While Uggie is the first canine to be showcased at Grauman’s courtyard, three dogs − Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart − have stars on the nearby Hollywood Walk of Fame along with fictional creatures like Godzilla, Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and The Muppets.