Owen Wilson, In Training for ‘Marley & Me,’ Visits Newspaper Office

By: E&P Staff

It was dream enough for a newspaper columnist to pen a huge bestseller — focusing on his dog, no less — but now comes the next step: a Hollywood movie, starring Jennifer Aniston, Eric Dane and Owen Wilson. Who plays the mutt?

Wilson stopped by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Friday, according to a report on the People magazine web site.

Here’s a portion of the People report.

Wilson and Dane caused a stir when they showed up at the paper’s Fort Lauderdale offices ? just hours before deadline. Coincidentally ? or not ? the film is based on a memoir by the newspaper’s columnist John Grogan. The pair spent about an hour talking to editor Earl Maucker and walking around, trailed by their crew.

One daring female reporter approached the two stars in the elevator and shook their hands, saying, “Welcome, I hope you have fun here.”

“They were charming,” she said. “I swooned a bit. Owen was very sweet. They certainly created a lot of hubbub and excitement.”

Reporters at the newspaper were invited to apply to be extras in the movie and a few are said to be considering it.

The film team previously checked out The Daily Business offices in downtown Miami as a location but apparently decided against filming there.

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