‘Marley’ Dog Gets 15 Minutes of Fame
Clyde, who plays the mature Marley, is paid in treats, toys, and tennis balls, according to his trainer.
Posted: December 26, 2008, 5 a.m. EST
Andy Warhol says everyone gets 15 minutes of fame. Given the brouhaha surrounding the Labrador Retrievers who play Marley in “Marley & Me,” that axiom just may also apply to dogs.
Take Clyde, a 4-year-old Labrador Retriever who plays mature Marley. The Philadelphia Inquirer called him “cinegenic,” adding that his “heroic profile rivals that of John Barrymore and Scooby-Doo put together.”
Move over, Brad Pitt.
The woman behind Clyde is owner Mathilde DeCagny, a professional dog trainer whose other famous working pet was Moose, the Jack Russell Terrier who played Eddie on “Frasier.” DeCagny’s job was to train Clyde to do stuff most dog owners dread, like destroy shoes, knock down people, and drool like there’s no tomorrow.
Like the Hollywood pro she is, DeCagny dodges questions about Clyde’s salary in an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer. Clyde’s reward? “Treats, toys, tennis balls,” she demurs.
And what about the famous incident involving co-star Jennifer Aniston’s sweater that has surfaced in numerous interviews with the star?
“He grabbed it; he didn’t eat it,” DeCagny swears.
“Marley & Me” opened on Christmas Day.
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