The Sun (UK), August 11, 2011
UK dog lands Hollywood role
by Beci Wood
A DOG from Warwickshire has landed a plum role in a movie opposite Hollywood star Keanu Reeves.
Pablo, a 13-month-old Akita pooch, was signed up for Samurai flick 47 Ronin after being spotted on Facebook by someone involved with the project.
After three months of training, the mutt joined Keanu on location in Hungary to shoot scenes for the epic period film based on the true tale of a band of samurai swordsmen who avenged the death of their master in 18th century Japan.
The film sees Pablo donning armour to play Keanu's character's loyal pet dog.
Future work as a stunt dog in other films could now follow.
Pablo's owner Warwick Aldersley Jr. told a newspaper: "Pablo is such a beautiful dog and they are a wonderful, loyal, breed. He's certainly making no diva-like demands now he's in films.
"I didn't expect him to ever be on the payroll of a $170million film but then who would. Its been a strange few months."
Pablo's success has rubbed off on Warwick, director of a sportswear business, who recently performed alongside Hollywood A-lister Johnny Depp as a dog handler in a forthcoming Tim Burton film called Dark Shadows.
He added: "As a result I've had work as an extra myself opposite Johnny Depp, and think I may have accidentally stumbled on a film career as a dog handler."