Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Simon Pegg's dog stars in film

Simon Pegg's dog features in his latest movie

Simon Pegg has revealed he got his dog Minnie a part in his new film Burke And Hare.

The Hot Fuzz star appears alongside Andy Serkis and Isla Fisher in the comedy about the Edinburgh body snatchers of the 1820s, and he revealed to The Sun he persuaded director John Landis to cast miniature schnauzer Minnie in the film too.

Simon revealed: "I keep trying to get her in films. I took her to New Mexico last year, I took her to LA. There is no fee for her, she does it for the love."

Minnie got her big moment in the spotlight filming on location in Edinburgh.

When Landis said he was happy with the show, Simon called out: "Minnie wants another!"

The 40-year-old actor revealed his pet pooch keeps him company on set as his one-year-old daughter, with wife of five years Maureen, is too young to visit him at work.

Simon and Burke And Hare co-star Andy also worked together on Stephen Spielberg's upcoming 3D motion capture animation movie of Tintin.

Simon revealed Andy, who played Gollum in Lord Of The Rings and King Kong in Peter Jackson's movie remake, helped him with the motion capture technology.

He said: "It was funny working with Andy on Tintin because he is like the Godfather of performance capture. He has played two of the most epic characters in film history in that way.

"It's a really interesting process. I still don't fully understand it. But you have to draw on your most childish notion of what acting is because you have no props or costumes to get into the part."

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