There are plenty of jobs out there that cats can do if they ever decided to seek out some gainful employment and, just like humans, aspiring to star in films is one of them. Of course, casting can be difficult when there are so many other gorgeous cats around so they need to have that little something special to succeed in their chosen career. Here are a few role models for them who have been there and done that…
All the baddies in films these days seem to be British but one of the most famous ‘baddie’ cats had to be Blofeld’s cat from the James Bond films. This steely eyed Turkish Angora know its role, sitting being petted by supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld and actually managed to feature in seven films, as many as most of the human actors. Credits include From Russia with Love (1963), Diamonds are Forever (1971) and Never Say Never Again (1983).
The cat sitting on the knee of Marlon Brando in the opening scene of The Godfather was said to be a last minute addition to the cast. Director Francis Ford Coppola spotted the cat on the set and gave it to Brando, knowing his affinity for animals. The cat was said to have so enjoyed his attentions that his purring interfered with the dialogue of the film!
Some rumors say that the famous orange tabby in Breakfast at Tiffany’s was actually one of nine cats across the span of the film but the credit are certain; Orangey was the cat that accompanied the female lead Audrey Hepburn, throughout the film. Including being squashed between the two stars in the pouring rain at the end of the film. No wonder the cat won a Patsy Award, the animal equivalent of the Oscar. Seek out some of the great stuff famous cats have loved by shopping at www.thebestcatlitterbox.com.
Of all the many animated cats on the big screen, one of the most famous are the Aristocats, the last animated feature film approved by Walt Disney before his death. From Duchess to Thomas O’Malley, this famous bunch are still popular today with their jazz songs and cool bowties. The lead musician Scat Cat was even voiced Scatman Crothers in an impression of Louis Armstrong.
Jones may look like a normal cat but as one of only two survivors in the sci-fi horror film Alien, alongside lead Sigourney Weaver, this was a survivor cat. The puss played an active role in the film including being a sounding board for the heroine so she didn’t sound nuts talking to herself and adding great shock value by jumping into scenes unexpectedly. And the cat lived through the film, a real accomplishment in itself!
Whether glaring menacing from the baddies knee to helping save the world from evil aliens, movie cats have had a variety of roles. While there don’t seem to be as many superstar cats as dogs, perhaps this reflects the cat better – the supporting role, quietly in the middle of things but not needing to be centre stage all of the time.