Ricky Gervais has revealed the pooch who stars in his new movie 'Spy Kids: All the Time in the World' was a rescue dog who was going to be put down before he was saved by the crew.
The comic actor voices the cunning canine character Argonaut in the new children's movie and Ricky admits the pooch was a rescue dog who was facing death before he was turned into a Hollywood star.
During an appearance on British daytime TV show 'This Morning', he said: "I'm not the star of this film, it's the dog, he's the cutest dog in the world ... He was a rescue dog, they were going to put him down but the crew saved him and put him in the film and made him a star."
He explained: "I was allowed to do a lot of adlibbing . It was just me with a set of headphones on, watching the dog and saying stupid things, which is what I do for a job. But it's great."
The 50-year-old actor contacted the guest stars personally to ask them to be on the show.
Ricky said: "I email them and say, 'How would you like to work for very little money, near Slough, with a director who ruins every take through laughing, with dwarfs?' And they all say yes!"