Martin Scorsese wants praise for 'Hugo' Doberman Blackie
In an article in the Los Angeles Times, Scorsese is claiming breedism. He says, "OK, let's lay all our cards on the table. Jack Russell terriers are small and cute. Dobermans are enormous and -- handsome. More tellingly, Uggie plays a nice little mascot who does tricks and saves his master's life in one of the films, while Blackie gives an uncompromising performance as a ferocious guard dog who terrorizes children. I'm sure you can see what I'm driving at."
He continues "I'm proud of Blackie, who laid it on the line and dared to risk the sympathy of her audience. Let's just say that on the set, she had a fitting nickname: Citizen Canine. The bath scene alone is a masterpiece of underplaying, with Blackie's wonderfully aquiline face accentuated by the 3-D."
He thinks he knows what's going on here. "Russell terriers were bred in the 19th century for the purposes of fox hunting by an Englishman, the Rev. John Russell. Dobermans were bred by a German tax collector who was afraid of being bludgeoned to death by the citizenry," he said.
This may be the cutest complaint ever. Scorsese asks that people start a write-in campaign to get Blackie on the ballot for the first Golden Collar nominations. Aw, guys, start writing! We love you, Blackie!