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Tom Selleck Disses 'The Artist' Dog Uggie Due To Too Much 'Cute Stuff'

Tom Selleck Uggie

First Posted: 02/24/2012 1:47 pm Updated: 02/24/2012 2:03 pm

Uggie the dog -- the scene-stealing Jack Russell terrier who played sidekick to Jean Dujardin in the Oscar-nominated film "The Artist" -- may be one of the most adored pooches of all time, but not according to "Blue Bloods" actor Tom Selleck.

When he's not playing New York Police Commissioner Frank Reagan on the CBS cop drama, Selleck is better known as Jesse Stone, the troubled detective in TV movie series "Jesse Stone," which is now in its eighth installment. And since 2005, Selleck has worked alongside a golden retriever named Joe, who plays Jesse's faithful canine companion Reggie.

"I think Joe is the finest dog actor in the history of show business," Selleck told HuffPost TV while on the "Blue Bloods" set in February. "[Uggie] does cute stuff. Joe doesn't do cutesy stuff. He, in the audience's mind, is another person. He's Jessie's roommate, and he thinks like a human. That's hard to do. I haven't seen [Uggie] in 'The Artist,' but I still think Joe is better."

What makes Joe the golden retriever superior? Well, for starters, don't ever expect him to strike a pose on the red carpet.

"I see [Uggie] do an awful lot of cute head-turns and winks and barks," said Selleck. "Joe won't do that. He wasn't a professional dog, and he doesn't do anything cute. He is cute, of course, but people always come up to me and tell me that they read thoughts into Reggie. I think it's because he's so simple. Jesse and Reggie are kind of like soulmates. They both have problems with commitment. Jesse found Reggie sitting over his owner's body in the second film. They're very similar."

The first "Jesse Stone" film happened to be his Joe's first role, but he has yet to venture onto the big screen. Coincidentally, Hollywood's leading dog Uggie also made his acting debut in 2005, the same year as Joe.

In honor of Uggie, who probably won't attend the 84th annual Academy Awards on Sunday night, we've compiled all of the dog's best red carpet appearances. Enjoy!

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  • Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' puts his paw into cement as he is honored with a hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' is honored at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' puts his feet in cement as he is honored with a hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' holds up his paw after pressing it into cement as he is honored with a hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

  • A videographer gets a shot of Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' as he arrives on the red carpet for his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Uggie, the dog who starred in the Academy Award-winning film 'The Artist,' poses on the red carpet at his hand and paw print ceremony outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 25, 2012. The ceremony marked Uggie's retirement from acting. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/GettyImages)

  • Uggie, the dog from the film "The Artist"

    Uggie, the dog from the film 'The Artist' and his understudy Dash (R) ham it up for photographers as they arrives for the first annual Golden Collar Awards, February 13, 2012 at the Century Plaza Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles, California. The Golden Collar Awards celebrates "Best Achievement in Acting" by Hollywood's canine actors in five different categories. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Uggie, the dog from the film "The Artist"

    Uggie, the dog from the film 'The Artist' and his understudy Dash (R) ham it up for photographers as they arrives for the first annual Golden Collar Awards, February 13, 2012 at the Century Plaza Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles, California. The Golden Collar Awards celebrates "Best Achievement in Acting" by Hollywood's canine actors in five different categories. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Owner Omar von Muller with his dog Uggie

    Owner Omar von Muller with his dog Uggie, from the film, 'The Artist,' accept the award for Best Dog in a Theatrical Film at the first annual Golden Collar Awards, February 13, 2012 at the Century Plaza Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles, California. The Golden Collar Awards celebrates ìBest Achievement in Actingî by Hollywoodís animal actors in film and television. Awards are presented in five canines categories. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Uggie, the dog from the film "The Artist"

    Uggie, the dog from the film 'The Artist', arrives at the first annual Golden Collar Awards, February 13, 2012 at the Century Plaza Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles, California. The Golden Collar Awards celebrates "Best Achievement in Acting" by Hollywood's canine actors in five different categories. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Uggie, the dog from the film "The Artist"

    Uggie, the dog from the film 'The Artist', arrives at the first annual Golden Collar Awards, February 13, 2012 at the Century Plaza Hyatt Regency in Los Angeles, California. The Golden Collar Awards celebrates "Best Achievement in Acting" by Hollywood's canine actors in five different categories. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Inaugural Presentation Of The LA City Council's "Made In Hollywood" Commendation Presented To "The Artist"

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Director Michel Hazanavicius, actors Jean Dujardin, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller and Uggie the dog attend the Inaugural presentation of the Los Angeles City Council's 'Made in Hollywood' commendation presented to the cast of 'The Artist' at Red Studios on January 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Inaugural Presentation Of The LA City Council's "Made In Hollywood" Commendation Presented To "The Artist"

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Uggie the dog and actress Missi Pyle attend the Inaugural presentation of the Los Angeles City Council's 'Made in Hollywood' commendation presented to the cast of 'The Artist' at Red Studios on January 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Inaugural Presentation Of The LA City Council's "Made In Hollywood" Commendation Presented To "The Artist"

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Actors Jean Dujardin, Uggie the dog and Penelope Ann Miller attend the Inaugural presentation of the Los Angeles City Council's 'Made in Hollywood' commendation presented to the cast of 'The Artist' at Red Studios on January 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Inaugural Presentation Of The LA City Council's "Made In Hollywood" Commendation Presented To "The Artist"

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Actors Jean Dujardin, Uggie the dog and Penelope Ann Miller attend the Inaugural presentation of the Los Angeles City Council's 'Made in Hollywood' commendation presented to the cast of 'The Artist' at Red Studios on January 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Inaugural Presentation Of The LA City Council's "Made In Hollywood" Commendation Presented To "The Artist"

    LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: Actor Jean Dujardin and Uggie the dog attend the Inaugural presentation of the Los Angeles City Council's 'Made in Hollywood' commendation presented to the cast of 'The Artist' at Red Studios on January 31, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Uggie the dog sits up at a ceremony honoring "The Artist"

    Uggie the dog sits up at a ceremony honoring the cast and crew of 'The Artist' with the "Made In Hollywood" honor, January 31, 2012 at RED Studios in Hollywood, California. Parts of 'The Artist' were filmed at RED Studios. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Uggie the dog sits to the side

    Uggie the dog sits to the side as director Michel Hazanavicius (L) and actors Jean Dujardin (C) and Missi Pyle (R) attend a ceremony honoring the cast and crew of 'The Artist' with the "Made In Hollywood" honor, January 31, 2012 at RED Studios in Hollywood, California. Parts of 'The Artist' were filmed at RED Studios. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Uggie the dog yawns as he sits in front of Jean Dujardin

    Uggie the dog yawns as he sits in front of actor Jean Dujardin at a ceremony honoring the cast and crew of 'The Artist' with the "Made In Hollywood" honor, January 31, 2012 at RED Studios in Hollywood, California. Parts of 'The Artist' were filmed at RED Studios. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Actor Jean Dujardin (R) gets a kiss from Uggie

    Actor Jean Dujardin (R) gets a kiss from Uggie the dog, held by actress Missi Pyle, at a ceremony honoring the cast and crew of 'The Artist' with the "Made In Hollywood" honor, January 31, 2012 at RED Studios in Hollywood, California. Parts of 'The Artist' were filmed at RED Studios. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Uggie Visits The Empire State Building

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Uggie, a Jack Russell Terrier, visits The Empire State Building with his trainer Omar von Muller on January 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

  • Uggie Visits The Empire State Building

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Uggie, a Jack Russell Terrier, visits The Empire State Building on January 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

  • Uggie Visits The Empire State Building

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Uggie, a Jack Russell Terrier, visits The Empire State Building with his trainer Omar von Muller on January 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

  • Uggie Visits The Empire State Building

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Uggie, a Jack Russell Terrier, visits The Empire State Building with his trainer Omar von Muller on January 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

  • Uggie Visits The Empire State Building

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Uggie, a Jack Russell Terrier, visits The Empire State Building with his trainer Omar von Muller on January 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

  • Uggie Visits The Empire State Building

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Uggie, a Jack Russell Terrier, visits The Empire State Building on January 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

  • Uggie Visits The Empire State Building

    NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 24: Uggie, a Jack Russell Terrier, visits The Empire State Building on January 24, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Getty Images)

  • The Weinstein Company's 2012 Golden Globe Awards After Party - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Uggie from The Artist arrives at The Weinstein Company's 2012 Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • The Weinstein Company's 2012 Golden Globe Awards After Party - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor James Cromwell and Uggie arrive at The Weinstein Company's 2012 Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: (L-R) Producer Thomas Langmann, actress Missi Pyle, Uggie the Dog, actor Jean Dujardin, and director Michel Hazanaviciu pose in the press room with the Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy award for 'The Artist' at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Uggie the Dog from 'The Artist' poses in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Uggie the Dog from 'The Artist' poses in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Press Room

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Uggie the Dog from 'The Artist' poses in the press room at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

  • 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Uggie the Dog from 'The Artist' arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • Screening Of The Weinstein Company's "The Artist" - Red Carpet

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 21: Uggie the dog arrives to a special screening of The Weinstein Company's 'The Artist' at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater on November 21, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • Uggie At AFI Fest

    (Files) Picture taken on November 8, 2011 shows dog 'Uggie' on arrival for the Gala screening of 'The Artist', it is co- starring, during AFI Fest 2001 in southern California. The trick-performing terrier, who saves his master's life in the black and white film which won three Golden Globes and is hoping for Oscars glory, was nominated Wednesday for a newly-minted Golden Collar award from Dog News Daily. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • AFI FEST 2011 Presented By Audi - "The Artist" Special Screening - Red Carpet

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Uggie the dog arrives at 'The Artist' Special Screening during AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi on November 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI)

  • AFI FEST 2011 Presented By Audi - "The Artist" Special Screening - Arrivals

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 08: Uggie the dog arrives at 'The Artist' Special Screening during AFI FEST 2011 presented by Audi on November 8, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for AFI)

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