Uggie, the dog that has been stealing the attention for his convincing performance in critically acclaimed film "The Artist", won't be seen in any future films. The talented Jack Russell terrier is set to retire from the showbiz industry at the age of ten. That means the dog will likely make his final public appearance at the 2012 Academy Awards in February.
Uggie's trainer Omar Von Muller revealed to Life & Style magazine of the canine's retirement plan. "He may do a couple of little things here and there because he enjoys them, but I don't want to put him through long hours anymore. He's getting tired," he explained.
Von Muller added that Uggie's brother, Dash, is ready to replace him. "I think he will be fine with Dash stepping in. Uggie is 10 years old and has done a lot of work, he wants to relax at home. If somebody wants to do a movie with Uggie, they'll just have to deal with Dash!"
As for the plan to bring the famous Hollywood dog to the Oscars show, Von Muller said, "I hope he gets to go." He added, "They should give him an envelope to bring to Billy Crystal."
Uggie became nowadays' most-beloved dog star in Hollywood after appearing in "Water for Elephants" and Oscar-nominated "The Artist". During the premiere of the silent drama at last year's Cannes Film Festival, the dog was honored with the Palm Dog for best performance by a canine in a film.
Despite his convincing acting as Jean Dujardin's faithful companion in "The Artist", Uggie failed to score any Oscar nod since the organization's drafted rules specifically exclude animals from being nominated. Nonetheless, the dog managed to receive a prestigious nomination as Best Dog in Theatrical Film at this year's Golden Collar Awards.