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The marketing campaign for Matthew Vaughn's upcoming spy caper Argylle got off to a bizarre start. The first teaser, running for less than a minute, featured Sam Rockwell and Bryce Dallas Howard standing on a rooftop, where Rockwell casually drops a cat from the top of a tall building.
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Troublesome Cat Casting
Despite the teaser featuring a cat rendered in questionable CGI, Vaughn admitted that he fired the original cat star and instead used his daughter's pet for the duration of the shoot. Bryce Dallas Howard's character, Elly, brings her companion everywhere on her adventure.
"When Elly goes on the adventure, she brings the cat with her – and cats aren't easy. What happened the first day of filming, we had a professional, very expensive acting cat that was useless. So I fired the cat. They don't have any rights, thank god. And I went home and went up to my daughter's bedroom and grabbed her cat and said, 'I'm borrowing this cat for three months.'"
n Insane Project
With a budget of $200 million, one would not expect the director to be forced to fire a cat on the first day of shooting. But perhaps this is just a glimpse of the insanity that Argylle has in store.
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