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Jennifer Aniston on Marley and Me

Published December 23, 2008 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
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Look at the posters for Marley & Me and you know the dog is the star of the movie. Those actor people are just there to keep the dog story moving. Still, it gave Jennifer Aniston one of the most fulfilling roles she's gotten to play.

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"The reason I wanted to be in this movie was it wasn't the sort of girl trying to get the guy or the guy trying to get the girl or the chase and then you end the movie where they ride off into the sunset," she said. "You get to see the ins and outs of a relationship and see them over fifteen years and have this sort of human thread that takes you through and have it be funny just because life is funny. I just loved it. I responded to the material."

The dog is ever present though, but he was a comparable costar compared to Aniston's other leading men. "Honestly he was so easy to work with. I would say the younger Marley's were, to hit their mark, a little bit more challenging for the trainers. We had a ball, we never had a hard time. The scene where we were taking him to get neutered, that was definitely a challenging scene in the car because you also have Mahtilde in the back seat, the trainer who's fantastic. It was just a lot of action for the dog."

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As any pet owner knows, relationships with animals can be very emotional. That's where the film gave Aniston some really juicy teary scenes. "Those were really hard. That was the last two weeks for me of shooting so it was kind of fortunate that that came at the end because you don't always get to shoot in order at all. So those were the days where I couldn't read the sides in the morning in the trailer because I was just bubbling over with emotion and I was just sort of hoping that I would be able to look at the lines while I was on set and remember them."

Marley & Me is also the true story of John and Jenny Grogan, based on John's book. Aniston had to get Jenny right, because the real Jenny was there. "That was the material. It was on the page. It was something that was extremely important to us because this book has such an audience and such a fan base and there are two people that are actually here on the planet and you want to honor their story. And it's a true story, it's a simple story and I think people go to movies and they escape with these big crazy plotlines and here is a movie where people are actually going like 'That's me' or 'I did that,' 'I walked through that' or 'My dog…' or even if you don't have a dog or you've been in a relationship and it doesn't even have to be a married relationship, just partnered life."

Marley & Me opens to theaters on December 25th.

For the trailers, posters and more movie info, go to the Marley & Me Movie Page.
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