Film Felines: 'Keanu' Kitten and 7 More Scene-Stealing Cats

9:29 AM 4/27/2016

by Rebecca Ford

From the adorable kitten — played by seven different felines — in Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's new movie to Austin Powers' beloved (and hairless) Mr. Bigglesworth, THR rounds up the most memorable cats in movie history.

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  • Keanu

    Keanu (2016)

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    Seven kittens were trained to star as the adorable feline at the center of New Line’s comedy, which hits theaters on April 29. They learned how to do their own stunts, and all were adopted after the shoot. A kitten audition was even held to decide if the comedy would star black and white tuxedo cats or the brown tabbies. "Cuteness was definitely the biggest priority," says director Peter Atencio. Read THR’s story here and read THR's review of the film here.

  • Buttercup

    The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2 (2015)

    Courtesy of Lionsgate

    The original black-and-white cat used in the first movie was recast as an orange tabby in the final film at the request of author Suzanne Collins, who wanted to stay more loyal to the cat's description in the book. The cat who played Buttercup in the final installment is a 7-year-old Maine Coone named Orion who is an accomplished show cat and has competed all over the country.

  • Mr. Jinx

    Meet the Parents (2000)

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    The potty-trained kitty was played by several Himalayan cats, including a trio named Peanut, Misha and Charlie. The movie even inspired Litter Kwitter, a potty-training tool for cats that launched in 2005.

  • Ulysses

    Inside Llewyn Davis (2013)

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    A trio of rescue cats (Tigger, Jerry and Daryl) played the orange tabby in the Coen brothers' film. The cats were trained for five weeks to do tricky stunts like riding in a noisy subway with star Oscar Isaac.

  • Blofeld’s Cat

    From Russia With Love (1963), For Your Eyes Only (1981) ,Never Say Never Again (1983), Spectre (2015)

    The iconic James Bond villain and his iconic white Persian cat have appeared in several films, the latest being 2015’s Spectre in which Christoph Waltz reappears at Blofeld. The cat appears in a scene in which Waltz’s character is torturing Bond (Daniel Craig).

  • Sassy

    Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

    Eight Himalayan cats were used to play the sarcastic feline in the animal family film. The cats were trained with buzzers and food rewards, and were trained for seven months before filming.

  • Mr. Bigglesworth

    Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)

    Buena Vista/New Line Cinema/Photofest

    Dr. Evil’s hairless pet was played by a champion purebred hairless Egyptian Sphynx cat named Ted Nude-Gent. His sidekick Mini-Me also had a hairless cat, a mini version that was played by three Sphynx kittens that go by the names Mel Gibskin, Paul Nudeman and Skindiana Jones. Sphynxes are known to be a highly trainable breed of cat.

  • Cat

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

    Orangey, a male orange tabby, was a prolific animal actor, and was at least one of the cats that played “Cat” in the iconic Audrey Hepburn film. Orangey has won the Patsy Award (the top animal acting award) twice. Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly, infamously throws the furry feline out of a cab and into the pouring rain, and uses him to describe her identity as this: “I'm like Cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don't even belong to each other.”

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