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Chat with the Cast of Beverly Hills Chihuahua! – Pet Planet Magazine

Chat with the Cast of Beverly Hills Chihuahua!

By on April 2, 2013

Disney unleashes the two-legged stars of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” on this star-filled episode of Oh Behave! We kick things off by chatting with Emmy-nominated actor Andy Garcia who provides the heroic voice for Delgado, a German Shepherd fighting for his life and honor in the streets of Mexico. Tune in for the rest, including George Lopez, Drew Barrymore, Jamie Lee Curtis, Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, Piper Perabo, Maury Sterling and Placido Domingo. Going to the dogs was never this good!

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ARDEN MOORE: Welcome to the Oh Behave show on Pet Life Radio. I’m your host, Arden Moore. We’re going to the dogs today, and not just any dogs, but “Howllywood” ones! Yes, you’re in for a treat today, our guests today represent a who’s who in movie land. That’s right, we’re having the star-filled cast of Beverly Hills Chihuahua, right here, right now. This is the new must-see movie from Disney. All these stars, so little time, so let’s get started. First, big woofs and paws up to our first guest, Andy Garcia. An actor who brings to life any role he takes on. Godfather III, Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen, and more. And now he lends his leading man voice to the character Delgado, a streetwise German shepherd who comes to the rescue of Chloe, a very pampered Beverly Hills Chihuahua who suddenly finds herself lost in the streets of Mexico. Welcome to the show, Andy. Nice to meet you.

ANDY GARCIA: How are you?

ARDEN MOORE: Good, we’re going to talk more with Andy and what it was like being Beverly Hills Chihuahua, voice only, right after this commercial break.


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ARDEN MOORE: We’re back, and again we’re very happy to have Andy Garcia on here, Andy, thank you for being on Oh Behave on Pet Life Radio.

ANDY GARCIA: My pleasure.

ARDEN MOORE: You know, there’s a lot of challenge, you’ve got quite a range in acting, you’ve been in a lot of movies from The Godfather III to Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, Thirteen, there might be Ocean’s Fifty, I don’t know, the way the movie’s going. But what’s the challenge of acting not just with one or two dogs, but more than two hundred, including Chihuahuas to German shepherds, in the Beverly Hills Chihuahua movie?

ANDY GARCIA: Well I never acted actually with the dogs, you know, although I play a German shepherd in the film, I didn’t meet him, I took him to lunch before shooting, and we got to know each other. And then what happened, the process was, for people who might be curious, is that myself and Drew Barrymore, who I do all of my things with, we were in the same sound stage, and we played all our scenes out, and they had cameras on us, very close, you know, like headshots, to get any kind of expression or the way our mouth might move, or so forth, so they can then animate the animal’s mouth, perhaps as some sort of guideline that they might want to use. So we did that and went off and shot the movie, and had the animals that had been trained to act out these scenes, they cut that together, edited that together, came back, brought us back into the studio for some embellishments. So they’d say, “You know this line we did, we tested the movie, maybe it’s not as funny, what if you say this?” or “You see how when Delgado was running that way and he turned, or he shook that leg for some reason, it’s got a funny note, do you think you could say..” and we’d sort of improvise over the image. So things like that, sort of like a three-tier process.

ARDEN MOORE: Do you see that as a challenge, or was that something you thought “Wow, this is kinda new, it’s different from some of the other roles I’ve played.”?

ANDY GARCIA: Well, any part you play is a challenge, because you’re trying to get to the sense of truth of who the character is, and find that inside of you, personalize it, and the process is the same. You’re not physically playing the part, you’re playing it through your voice, you know. You’re physicalizing a little bit, as you’re playing the scenes in the studio, but none of that would be on camera. If you’re sad or you’re angry, whatever, that’s still going to manifest itself in your physicality, but it’s also going to be the dog that’s going to do it, not you.

ARDEN MOORE: That’s true. Let’s talk about your character, Delgado, he’s played by a German shepherd whose real name is Samson, and if it wasn’t for Delgado, then Chloe, the very pampered white Chihuahua from Beverly Hills would be in a whole world of trouble, right?

ANDY GARCIA: Yes, she gets, as you know, kidnapped, or dognapped, and gets thrown into the dog fights of Tijuana.

ARDEN MOORE: Ay ay ay!

ANDY GARCIA: And could become dog meat, or lunch for a very large Doberman pincher played by Edward James Olmos.

ARDEN MOORE: So tell us about your character, Delgado.

ANDY GARCIA: He is a dog that’s in the dog fights, who we find out is an ex-police dog who is there, as we find out through the story, who has lost his sense of smell. And because of that, his ability to be a complete police dog… He gets basically abandoned into this world of dog fights, so the reason he lost his sense of smell is because he had a traumatic experience with his handler, who he lost in a sort of gunfight and arrest. It was traumatic for him, and he basically lost his sense of smell, he wasn’t deemed to be useful any more, and ended up being sent to the pound or in this case the dog fights.

ARDEN MOORE: Yikes. You know, I was sniffing around your biography and there’s a quote which is pretty indicative, you said once “I spent seven years without working, so if they’re making cop movies, I play cops”, and at the time I guess you had two kids to bring up, but now you have three, so here you are again, it’s your voice, but you’re still playing a big guy.

ANDY GARCIA: Four! Four!

ARDEN MOORE: You have four now!

ANDY GARCIA: I can’t call my eldest daughter or my… one’s 25, the other’s 21, and the other one is 18, a senior in high school, so they probably don’t want me to call them kids, but we look at them as kids, our kids, you know.

ARDEN MOORE: Yeah, that’s great. I just wanted to ask you, with this movie and all that, what do you see as the message for people of all ages when they check out Beverly Hills Chihuahua?

ANDY GARCIA: I think the beauty of the script, first of all, it’s very well-written, very charming, but I think for me, the message is of embracing your cultural identity, in that there is the true power comes, the dignity of embracing your culture, is a very important message. Even though we all are Americans, America is built by a very diverse group of different cultures, and we’re all Americans together, we all embrace our cultural heritage that is specific, whether you’re Irish or Italian, or Mexican in this case or Cuban like myself.

ARDEN MOORE: Or a mutt, like me, you know! I’m many blends. I know you did leave Cuba at age five, and you strike me as somebody that is an actor that never takes a job for granted, you seem to embrace and you’re very selective on your roles… I mean, here we have an Academy Award and Golden Globe nominee, but it may surprise people, you’ve won Grammys.

ANDY GARCIA: Yes. I’ve been involved with music for long periods, it’s a great passion of mine and I work with a great maestro who they made a documentary on in the early nineties, his name is Israel Lopez, known more popularly as Cachao.


ANDY GARCIA: I was able to sort-of, as it happens many times in the life of some of these sort-of forgotten geniuses, able to bring some attention back into his life, and we started recording again together. It’s an association that I’m very proud of.

ARDEN MOORE: Oh, that’s great. You’ve also been honored as Father of the Year as well, and got a star on the Walk of Fame, so that’s not too shabby, right?

ANDY GARCIA: No, no, I’ve been blessed, I have no complaints.

ARDEN MOORE: All right. Have you compared this role to some of the others, a lot of the people like USA Today, they were describing the movie, Beverly Hills Chihuahua, as sort of a cross between Lady and the Tramp meets Homeward Bound. What was the special challenge and the special beauty, what perk did you like best about being part of this?

ANDY GARCIA: Ultimately it’s about the material itself, you read the script and go, “How well was this written, how well is it structured, is it going to work as a good film, am I engaged in it, am I stimulated by it when I read it”, and all those things were very evident from the first script that I read. And then when they called, asked would I like to do this, they said George Lopez, who is a dear friend of mine, is going to play Papi and Drew’s going to do Chloe, and I said, “Yeah, it’s beautiful, let’s go.” I was in great company and talented people, with a great piece of material, and with a great message, so what was there to shy away from?

ARDEN MOORE: Not at all, and your character sort of has a pivotal role in this movie as well – you said you did get to hang out with Samson a little bit, ahead of time, what’s this dog’s personality?

ANDY GARCIA: Well, I think immediately, whenever you’re playing someone that actually exists, and you’re able to talk to them, that’s important, you know. So I took him out to lunch and we hung out, I invited him over to my office in a house I own, a second home of mine, and we had lunch, we went in the yard, played ball a little bit… I took some pictures of him, we just got on, wanted to check him out, see what his soul was, what I felt from his spirit, what I got from him. He was a very noble, sort-of very grounded, noble dog. He wasn’t aggressive at all, he was very easy to love. It was a challenge to bring out the sort of lost pain in a dog, because I could see in his face, there could be a quality about it, but it just wasn’t his nature, really. And so hopefully I brought something to the table.

ARDEN MOORE: And speaking of the table, what did Samson, AKA Delgado, enjoy for lunch, compliments of Andy Garcia?

ANDY GARCIA: Well, you know, the thing was that his trainer who came with him brought his own special diet.


ANDY GARCIA: I offered him some of my pasta, in the spirit of Lady and the Tramp, but he said “No, we appreciate it, but he’s on a very specific diet.”

ARDEN MOORE: That’s great, so what’s up next for you, Andy, what’s another project you’ll be working on?

ANDY GARCIA: I think the next thing that might come out after this, I’m not sure because sometimes movies come out and they surprise you when they’re coming out… I know I did a movie with Steve Martin, which is the sequel to his Pink Panther, I think it’s coming in February, but there might be something else before that, I’m not sure. There’s a couple of other independent movies that I did that could sneak out, and sometimes they surprise you when they decide they want to, you know, distribute them here.

ARDEN MOORE: Well that sounds good. I guess the only Kevin Bacon-like similarities you and I have, is I used to cover the Florida university systems for a newspaper in Florida, Sun Sentinel… I remember that you went to Florida International University, so that was a good start, that’s where you got your acting start, right?

ANDY GARCIA: That’s right, I went to… Well, I started acting formally at Miami-Dade South, even though I took some in high school, I took one or two classes. then I started through Miami-Dade South and then I transferred at that time, and FIU was only a two-year school. It was like ’78 that I left there, so ’76, ’77, ’78 that time period, transferred to FIU and kept studying, yes.

ARDEN MOORE: Well, it was an honor to have you on, if I made pasta I would certainly give it to you and treat you. You’ve been a great guest, I do hope that Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua hits a home run, and gets the real message about, you know, everybody, we’re all a blend, if you will, and heroes come in all different sizes, it sounds like.

ANDY GARCIA: No doubt about it.

ARDEN MOORE: All right, well thank you Andy, very much, for being with on our show.

ANDY GARCIA: Very good, thank you too.

ARDEN MOORE: Bye bye. Well, we’re not done, listeners, we’ve got the cast from Beverly Hills Chihuahua, right after this commercial break.


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ARDEN MOORE: Welcome back to the Oh Behave show on Pet Life Radio. I’m your host. Wow, that was great, being able to talk to Andy Garcia, who plays Delgado, a German shepherd who protects Chloe in Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Well, we’re not done, listeners, we’ve got the whole studio filled with the cast from Beverly Hills Chihuahua. They’re being quite polite and quiet, like little Chihuahuas, wouldn’t you say? So we’re going to get right in, first up is Drew Barrymore. She plays the lead character, Chloe, a very pampered white Chihuahua who suddenly finds herself in Mexico. Drew, describe your part, please.

DREW BARRYMORE: I play Chloe, she’s a Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and she’s a very privileged little girl. She goes on an adventure and she becomes aware of who she is, and what should be important to her. Things are sort of at face value in her world, and I think she goes deeper, and figures a lot of stuff out about life and what’s important, and about herself, and comes back around a very empowered little Chihuahua.

ARDEN MOORE: So Drew, tell us what it was like to play next to George Lopez who plays Papi in this movie.

DREW BARRYMORE: It was so much fun for me to work with George, he was just so great and I think Papi is so alive because of his voice. Papi and Chloe are, you know, happy, Papi works at the house and I think Chloe overlooks him. I think throughout the story she realizes that Papi is someone that has always been enamored with her and likes her, someone who’s always protected her and tried to show off for her, and I think someone who genuinely cares for her. I think she has that realization out on the road, “Wow, there’s someone back at home who’s been great to me all along and I didn’t see it, it was right in front of my eyes and I was blind to it.”

ARDEN MOORE: Well put, Drew. Now, last question, I know your time is limited here. What do you see as the message of this movie?

DREW BARRYMORE: I think as fun as this movie is, it has really positive messages. I think families can go to see it and have a good time watching it, and come out with their heart being affected, and saying “These are values I agree with, and I think are important for my children and myself”. I like, it’s an honor to be a part of films like that.

ARDEN MOORE: Muchos gracias, seniorita Drew! That’s it’s for my Spanish. Next up, we have the very talented, the very funny George Lopez. George, thanks for being on Oh Behave, and describe your role of Papi.

GEORGE LOPEZ: I play Papi, who is in love with Chloe, which is Drew Barrymore’s character. I worked with Drew the first time that we got together, that was great, at home watching TV, and then thirty minutes later I’m singing to Drew Barrymore through a glass partition. I mean, how great is Hollywood, man? I mean, in Burbank you could sing to Drew Barrymore through plastic. So my dog is in love with her, he’s kind of like, works with the landscaper, Sam, and he kind of helps him out as his dog, he sees this beautiful vision, Chloe, and he falls in love with her, and then she, you know, disappears, and his quest to find his love.

ARDEN MOORE: That’s great, George. So describe this connection, this Chloe character from your perspective.

GEORGE LOPEZ: Chloe is, I mean the voice, Drew did a great job of. Because that dog is really pampered and has booties and is carried everywhere, is dressed in tiaras and the gowns and stuff, and when she gets lost, she has to find herself. So I think Drew did a great job of giving that character a personality that grew as the movie progresses.

ARDEN MOORE: Well, I guess that’s one Chihuahua scratching one’s back to another. That’s very complimentary of you to talk about Drew. So for the folks out there, what can they look forward to in this movie?

GEORGE LOPEZ: I think you can look forward to laughing a lot, and I think you’ll say, as they always say, “How do they make the dogs do that?” And there are some stunt dogs, but for the most part those dogs are all working and doing all the things themselves, and I think that doesn’t happen unless you have a great crew of people. So the movie has a message, about finding yourself, finding your voice, finding out who you are, but also it’s very funny, with some great dogs, also some very attractive people.

ARDEN MOORE: Thank you very much, George, that was very kind of you to stop into the studio. Next up, third is the charm, one of my favorite all-time actresses, Jamie-Lee Curtis. And she plays the role of Aunt Viv. Hey, Jamie, welcome to the show, and describe your character.

JAMIE-LEE CURTIS: Chloe is Viv’s dog, her pet Chihuahua, that she’s had for a very long time, since she was a little puppy, and she’s just in love with her. She puts all of her energy and talent that she puts into her company, she puts into her dog. She spoils her rotten, the dog gets, you know, treated like a child, like a very pampered child, but it’s done with only the spirit of somebody who loves someone and wants to make them happy.

ARDEN MOORE: That’s very sweet, Jamie-Lee. And you know, you were surrounded by lots of dogs in the show, I wanted to get your thoughts on how these dogs performed in Beverly Hills Chihuahua.

JAMIE-LEE CURTIS: It’s been fascinating to watch, how they train, how often they train them, and then how they do the repetitive action. And then once you’re rolling, how the dog trainers kind of work while you’re acting, and it’s been a fascinating learning experience, and not without its bumps. Sometimes these kind-of miraculous moments occur and you’re all just going “Wow, that was almost like they understood every…” You know, there’s moments that really do take your breath away, and Angel, who’s playing Chloe, is a really beautiful animal.

ARDEN MOORE: Well you’ve been charmed by Angel. I understand you also were pretty much charmed by the performance of Drew.

JAMIE-LEE CURTIS: When they hired Drew Barrymore to play Chloe, you know it’s going to be funny, because she’s just got that great delivery. And Chloe is a very funny animal, and she has very funny dialogue, so there’s this wonderful light thread of humor through it.

ARDEN MOORE: Well for keeping score, Drew Barrymore, you’re scoring many bonus points from all your co-stars. Next up, thank you again Jamie-Lee Curtis, next up we have Edward James Olmos, he plays the part of El Diablo. Welcome to the show, please, if you could, describe what this movie is all about in your point of view.

EDWARD JAMES OLMOS: It’s a family film at the highest level. Adults will enjoy it as much as children. And that’s really the ultimate goal that anyone could ever have, in making something, it’s just fun for the whole family. And basically the story is a very simple story, one that I find because it was done with Chihuahuas, and the way they’ve done it, really really well done. I found it to be very enjoyable, they really make you go into that world, and it’s a beautiful journey, just a wonderful story.
ARDEN MOORE: Thanks Edward, that’s the type of trip you want to have many frequent miles on to cash in on. Now, let’s get to your part of El Diablo.

EDWARD JAMES OLMOS: So I become the nemesis against the good of what’s about to happen to her, and the opposite. I become everything that she has to fear in the journey, and I’m constantly looking for her.

ARDEN MOORE: Well with your deep voice, I’m already scared, I gotta admit that, Edward. And finally, what else would you like to add before you have to go on to your next cool movie, about Beverly Hills Chihuahua?

EDWARD JAMES OLMOS: The landscaper has a Chihuahua that he got out of the, he rescued from the pound, and this little Chihuahua is just beautiful, and he’s a very fun-loving, very romantic Chihuahua. He falls in love with her of course, so when she disappears he tries to find her, and that’s the story, the story is of this love that finally culminates at the very end of the movie, through the tortures, the pains of what they have to go through to finally be together. It’s a wonderful, delightful story.

ARDEN MOORE: Wow! I guess I should better say chi-wow-wow! This sounds like a love story for the four-leggers. Next up we have the very funny, the very talented, Cheech Marin, and let’s, first of all thank you for being on the show, and I guess this animation sort of tickled you. Describe that, would you, Cheech?

CHEECH MARIN: The two characters that we play, Paul Rodriguez and I, are a rat and an iguana, and they’re totally animated. That flipped me out, how wonderful the animation is, computer animation. I thought they were real rats, I was, “How’d you get the rat to do that? In that position?” It was a really good rat actor! It was amazing, and we, the contrast between our characters worked really well for the story.

ARDEN MOORE: OK Cheech, so I understand you’re playing a rat named Manuel, so describe us a little bit about your character.

CHEECH MARIN: I play Manuel, he’s a rat, he’s a con rat. And they find this necklace, this diamond necklace that kind of tells a story, where they’re looking for the lost Chihuahua that had a diamond necklace, so we find this, following it, we get it, we lose it, we get it… And it’s a really fun little storyline, but the chemistry between Paul and I is very good.

ARDEN MOORE: Hey, that’s excellent, it sounds like you’re having some fun there with Paul Rodriguez. What about the character Chloe?

CHEECH MARIN: Chloe is the Chihuahua who is a Beverly Hills Chihuahua, she’s a white Chihuahua, very rare, an albino Chihuahua, that gets lost in Mexico. She has to try to find her way back, people are after her because she has this diamond necklace and there’s a lot of different factions that want her for very different reasons. And her owners, obviously.

ARDEN MOORE: Hey, Cheech, big paws up to you, thank you very much for being on the Oh Behave show. And a natural sequence we should follow up with, Paul Rodriguez! He plays the iguana named Chico, so again, we were talking to Cheech about this animation, what’s your take, Paul?

PAUL RODRIGUEZ: What they’re able to do with computerized animation is incredible. When you realize that the sync, your intonation, your moods, your lips, and really sit there and help you to suspend your belief, that iguanas do talk.

ARDEN MOORE: OK! I’m just trying to wrap my hands around… my thoughts around, a talking iguana. But I’m going to do my best, Paul. So this Beverly Hills movie, what’s your take, who should go see it?

PAUL RODRIGUEZ: It’s refreshing to have a product out there that Mom, Dad and the kids can sit there and just enjoy, you know. This movie, if it has a subliminal message, is a good one, you know. It tells you to basically be in touch with your past, you know, as if something you’ve heard before, you need to know where you’ve come from to know where you’re going.

ARDEN MOORE: Well that sounds good, Paul, but tell us, how should people feel at the end of the movie?

PAUL RODRIGUEZ: You walk out knowing and feeling like you went on a journey, and it is a journey. Not metaphoric but literally, it’s a journey, it’s about these animals that have human values. It’s the oldest message ever, the battle between good and even, and both of those things exist in all of us.

ARDEN MOORE: Hey Paul, thank you very much, I think you’ve described it to a T, and I appreciate you being on the show. We’re going pretty good, we’re up to number seven on our list of cool Hollywood folks in this movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua, and we now have Piper Perabo. She plays Rachel, who is the niece to Aunt Viv, played by Jamie-Lee Curtis if you’re keeping a scorecard. Hey Piper, thank you for getting on the show with us. And I understand you’re quite a pet lover on your own.

PIPER PERABO: I think that this film is really cute. I like adventure movies, and I think, I’ve had dogs of my own, so I know that they can be a little temperamental. And I like, too, that the two main characters are really opposites, and they’re sort-of stuck together, and that friction can be really funny and good.

ARDEN MOORE: That’s well put, Piper. Now, people want to know, what is the main role that you play as your character Rachel in Beverly Hills Chihuahua?

PIPER PERABO: I play Rachel Ashe, and I’m sort of a flaky, little self-centered Beverly Hills young woman, and I have to wash my aunt’s dog while she’s out of the country. I’m not a very good baby-sitter, and when my friends decide to go to Mexico for the weekend, I take the dog with me. And I lose her.

ARDEN MOORE: Whoops! That’s not good. But then again, that makes for a good movie, right, Piper? So, last question, I wanted to ask you, if you had to look back and look at how this was all orchestrated, how would you describe this movie?

PIPER PERABO: With a movie like this where there’s special effects, and jokes, and animals, the kind of putting it all together to get the timing right gets really complicated. Every day I’m so thankful for Roger, just so that we… the timing of comedy in film can be so tricky and I really trust him, that he knows – these are the beats, this is the moment, we got it, we got it, or go again. He keeps a real eye and ear on the sort of comic beats and tempo of the film. It’s everything.

ARDEN MOORE: Hey, thanks Piper, I do want to make sure that I’m not having two left feet and keeping in my tempo. Our next guest from the cast of Beverly Hills Chihuahua is Maury Sterling, he plays the character Rafferty. Hey Maury, welcome to the show, and describe this Rafferty character.

MAURY STERLING: He’s the bad guy, he’s very bad. Muy malo. Yeah, I kidnap the Chihuahua. I had to do this horrible thing where I had to pick up Chloe, the little Angel dog, and like throw her down. I felt terrible! It was awful, like “this isn’t fun!”. I’m supposed to be the bad guy. He’s kind of, not real smart. Yeah, not real smart at all. Works for his boss, Vasquez. Seems to like to cause trouble, get in trouble.

ARDEN MOORE: Hey Maury, every great movie needs a bad guy so I’m glad you’re playing the part of Rafferty. Looking at this from your perspective, though, there’s a lot of other four-legged stars in this movie, so describe your impressions and how they were able to get all these Chihuahuas to do what they did in the movie.

MAURY STERLING: Watching the guys and gals work with the dogs is really extraordinary. I’ve never seen anything like it. This specificity that they get with these animals is just incredible, so my hat’s off to Mike Alexander and all his people for their work, because that’s the bulk of the film, and it’s incredible that they can get this story told… and Roger too. So I think that’s pretty incredible.

ARDEN MOORE: Well, the movie’s in the can, it’s in the theatres now, so any last comments before you have to dash off, Maury?

MAURY STERLING: I think it’s going to be fun, I think it’s funny. I think it’s a story that everybody can relate to, you know. So just having to change everything you’ve known and having a whole new experience and survive through it and come out better on the other side. You know, Chloe has this great transformation of finding herself, and her Chihuahua heritage, the whole deal that… you know, we can all relate to that.

ARDEN MOORE: Thanks Maury, I’m really glad you could join us on the show. And last, but not least, is the very amazing, and I just love the way your name sounds, it just rolls off your tongue, Placido Domingo. Um, welcome to the show, you play Monty, so tell us what the special appeal is for you to be in this movie?

PLACIDO DOMINGO: The exciting thing about, for me, to do the movie, first of all are my grandchildren. I mean, because every film of Disney, they’re crazy about, and my status has really grown a lot since I have accepted to do the film. It’s a wonderful thing to please your grandchildren.

ARDEN MOORE: Yes, I know a lot of grandchildren are going to be tugging on their grandma and grandpas to get them to take them to the movies, especially Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Placido, please describe your role in this movie.

PLACIDO DOMINGO: The character that I play is the Emperor of Montezuma, which of course is the great personality of Mexico. And it is a very… he shows Chloe how beautiful is the people, and how proud she should feel about being one of them. Which is a beautiful message.

ARDEN MOORE: Wow. You know what, Placido, I’m listening to your words but I’m listening also to your wonderful, wonderful voice. When it comes to having to do a movie that has animation in it, describe for us how important is the voice for all these characters?

PLACIDO DOMINGO: It’s a lot like singing, in a way, you have to sing with your voice, and you are putting your voice on only for then. It’s even more, to emphasize more, when you are really acting and you are speaking, this even more, more difficult when you know the only thing they are going to hear is your voice. So you have to, to emphasize best what you are saying, the text.

ARDEN MOORE: Wow! Make that bow wow. We have just had the most amazing show, and I want to take this time right now to thank each and every one of you from the cast of Beverly Hills Chihuahua for being a guest on the Oh Behave show. And let’s start it off from the top – Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Drew Barrymore, Jamie-Lee Curtis, Edward James Olmos, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, Piper Perabo, Maury Sterling and Placido Domingo. Thank you, gracias, merci, this is it for my being trilingual. Hey, everybody, dash out, go check out Beverly Hills Chihuahua, you’re going to laugh, you’re going to learn, and you’re going to find out that some things are small, but mighty, and it sounds like this message is very mighty too. So that’s it from the Oh Behave show, I’m your host Arden Moore, and I also thank Mark Winter, my cool producer, we had a lot of fun on this very very special show. You can learn more by just going to the petliferadio.com site, sniff around and check us out. Until next time, this is your flea-free host Arden Moore, saying just two words to all your two, three and four-leggers out there: Oh Behave!

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