There’s never a dull moment on set if there’s a professional pet around! From luxurious accommodation to a ~surprising~ amount of stand-ins, these facts about notable animal actors are a real hoot… or howl… or meow?
The Dalmatians from 101 Dalmatians were actually a family of over 200.
Marcel, the Monkey from Friends, was actually not a boy.
Salem from Sabrina The Teenage Witch wasn’t always an animatronic… sometimes he was even stuffed!
Bruiser from Legally Blonde has been played by the same dog in each film.
Hedwig from The Wizarding World was seven owls in one.
Fat Louie from The Princess Diaries literally belonged to Anne Hathaway.
Max from How the Grinch Stole Christmas didn’t actually have cute floppy ears.
The squirrels from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were all real.
Fang from Harry Potter was a loveable re-trained rescue.
Mr. Bigglesworth from Austin Powers has one of the most creative names ever!
Brego and Hasufel from The Lord of the Rings got the happiest of endings with Viggo Mortensen.
Lassie the dog from Lassie (the show) was never played by a female pup.
The horses in Downton Abbey the movie are actually pretty regal.
Lady the Direwolf in Game of Thrones was a bit of a nightmare on set.
Another doggie that wouldn’t listen is Newton from the second season of Bridgerton.
The tiger in The Hangover was real.
Lastly, Crystal the monkey is rich AF…like absurdly rich AF.
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