The Congressional Caucus for the Humane Bond
Robin is live from Capitol Hill this week for the launch of the newest Congressional caucus, the Caucus for the Humane Bond, which celebrates the important role animals play in our lives and will work to make a more humane world for them. Many special guests were at the event and are featured on this week’s show, including caucus co-chairs Congressmen Gus Bilirakis and Henry Cuellar, Tom Gunderson and world famous animal star Crystal the Capuchin, 2014 Service Dog Team of the Year JJ and KK, Hollywood animal trainer Christina Potter, and more!
Crystal the Monkey is no small bananas. In just five of her movies, she holds a box office gross of over $1.5 Billion. Her film, "Hangover 2" opened at $177.8 Million, the largest opening weekend in history for a comedy. She has worked with some of the biggest directors in Hollywood. She has held her own with Oscar Winners, stole scenes from top comedians and is beloved with the press as she commands Red Carpets. Paired with her extraordinary trainer, Tom Gunderson, she began in the business at the live animal show at Universal Studios. In 1997, she appeared in her first film "George of the Jungle." In 2007, with over 20 features to her name came her big break came in "Night at the Museum" with Ben Stiller. With her naughty character, Dexter, she proved herself as not just a trained animal, but as an actor. In the second installment of"Museum" she reprised her role of Dexter and furthered her range by playing the duel character of Able. In 2011, Crystal solidified herself as an box-office actress. Beginning with "Hangover 2" where she was a tour de force as a drug dealing gangster. Also, starring in "Hangover" was the hilarious actor, Ken Jeong who said ""She's not a monkey, she's an actor. And quite possibly the best actor I've worked with." In the USA Today's review by Brian Alexander he said "one cast member truly stood out: Crystal, a capuchin monkey. Maybe her name should be Hollywood's Hottest Monkey." She went onto play Donald the Monkey "Zookeeper" starring Kevin James with Adam Sandler dubbing her voice. Rounding out the year with Oscar winner, Matt Damon in "We got a Zoo." When the new show "Animal Practice" aired in 2012, with Crystal on their cover, New York Magazine said "NBC's most valuable commodity this fall: an irresistible, virtuoso capuchin monkey." She played the adorable sidekick Dr. Rizzo.