Jennifer Lopez is one of those celebrities who’s used to getting their own way. She’s a diva with a reputation for hogging the limelight, but at a recent premier for her film ‘The Back-Up Plan’ she was upstaged by a two-legged co-star in the shape of ‘disabled’ dog Nubbins, a Boston Terrier.
At the premier, Lopez shared the spotlight with her husband Marc Anthony, and Nubbins the dog, who stars in the film as her dog Nuts. In the film, Jennifer plays a character who sets up a pet boutique called Hudson Mutts, which is dedicated to pet adoptions and pet care.
Jennifer spoke of her character’s love for the disabled dog:
Even though Nuts is handicapped, Zoe treats him like he’s normal.
She’s tough on him and she loves him. She’s always there for him.
Dog lovers need not worry for the real Nubbins though, as he’s only acting disabled – he actually has four legs, but remained in character for the premier! Nubbins shared the role of Nuts with two other rescue dogs, named and Nip and Tuck.
Jennifer commented how all three dogs helped to complete the role because they all brought something different to the character:
One was good at faces, one was good at walking in the chair, and one was good at moving his head and fighting with you.
They were all very talented. It was fun. Sometimes you just have to wait until they get it, but it was challenging.
Alan Poul, the director of the film, explained why they didn’t cast a disabled dog in the role:
In order to train the dogs to do all they had to do, we had to go with completely healthy dogs.
Nuts provides a lot of comedy in the film. He has a big role – he’s one of the go-to characters for funny!
Jennifer Lopez, Nubbins, Nip and Tuck can all be seen next month in the UK when The Back-Up plan opens nationwide.