Tucker speaks: the story of a dog, his Dad W. Bruce Cameron, his Mom Cathryn Michon and what it's like to taste fame as seen by Mark Leibowitz
My dear friend David Carriere, long time book publicist and author, was intuitive enough to introduce me to a most dynamic creative pack, and one that I would quickly come to revere - and when I say revere, well, I really mean worship. W. Bruce Cameron is the author of a multitude of bestselling books, and the one that rocked me most recently was, A Dog's Purpose, which will come to life on the silver screen in the near future with Lasse Hallstrom directing!
As luck would have it, I just happened to have timed this post to coincide with the release of Bruce’s most ambitious book to date! According to his publisher, The Dog Master "…is the thrilling and evocative story of one tribe’s struggle for survival and one remarkable man's bond with the wolf who will become the first dog--a friendship that changed mankind forever."
Bruce’s wife, Cathryn Michon, is a veteran actress and the writer and director of the award winning film Muffin Top: A Love Story (which will premier on NETFLIX August 30th). Cathryn, along with David Arquette, are the leading actors in the movie, but in my opinion, the real star of the film is a dog named Tucker! This adorable pooch actually fills out the pack because he is Cathryn and Bruce’s dog, and so I of course was compelled to reach out to Tucker recently to get the scoop about what makes him tick, and how he feels about being a dog STAR!
Mrs Sizzle: I would like to ask what it was like staring in his first feature film?
Tucker: While I was gratified to finally have my talents recognized in the hilarious body image rom com Muffin Top: A Love Story, starring me, I must say that I was somewhat disappointed with the way I was treated. There was no bacon salad at lunch. I did not have my own trailer, but was forced to share with another cast member, some guy named David Arquette. Also, while I nailed my performance every single time, I was given only about ten minutes of praise in each instance.
Mrs. Sizzle: Have your needs changed with stardom? If so how!?
Tucker: I do understand that my mommy and daddy have their own careers and I don’t begrudge them that. However, there are many times when I do not get the respect I feel I deserve. For example, several times a day they want me to go for a “walk.” They have no compunction about interrupting my naps for this purpose, though it is clear I’m occupied and do not wish to be disturbed. I just think that having family for staff puts an unreasonable strain on everyone, and that I need my own assistants. We should take out an ad on Craigslist.
Mrs. Sizzle: Where are you from?
Tucker: Well, I’m not native to California, if that’s what you mean, but I’m certainly from Hollywood now!
Mrs. Sizzle: How do you feel about your dad having his book made into a feature film?
Tucker: Books. They are dry and tasteless. I would be much more enthusiastic if his book were made into a ham sandwich. The other thing about A Dog’s Purpose, which Dreamworks is making, is that I’m the co-author and I get no credit. Trust me, my agent is looking into it. I don’t want to say too much more, but when the movie comes out next May, you’ll be hearing about this issue.
Mrs. Sizzle: Will you have a say in the production?
Tucker: Of this movie? Oh please, though there will be more dogs than most movies, it will have people in it also, which frankly slows up the action in my book. I have no time for such nonsense. I am much more interested in starring in character driven dramas and comedies where the dog, me, has the central role.
Mrs. Sizzle: When will it be released!
Tucker: I’m disappointed that the topic has turned away from me and onto my daddy’s film. I’m currently working on developing a reality show: The Real Dog Butts Of Los Angeles, as well as working on my Ted Talk: Bacon, It’s Not Just for Breakfast. I’ve turned down a couple of pictures because I didn’t like the script, but feel confident I will find a part for me that is just as important as the crucial, and dare I say it, movie-saving role I played in Muffin Top.