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05/02/2008 11:04 PM ET
Aniston, Wilson film at Dolphin Stadium
Scenes from 'Marley & Me' take place in stands, on field
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MIAMI -- An otherwise regular Major League baseball game will eventually make its way to Hollywood.

A backdrop to the Marlins beating the Padres, 6-4, on Friday night was the shooting of a scene for the upcoming movie "Marley & Me," starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson.

Friday was a "Bark at the Park" night for the Marlins, a promotion through which fans can bring their dogs to the stadium. And as it happened, a dog running on the field is part of a scene in the movie, which is set to be released on Christmas Day.

Aniston and Wilson were at the ballpark, filming a few scenes. The first took place in the stands, with a dog racing down the aisles, Wilson and then Aniston in pursuit.

And after Hanley Ramirez of the Marlins was thrown out trying to steal third base, ending the eighth inning, Wilson and Aniston surfaced again, chasing after a dog in left field.

Players were leaving and entering the field but momentarily stopped as the two actors finally grabbed the dog and were whisked away. The segment lasted about a minute and didn't interrupt the game.

"It's kind of weird to see a movie going on," said Marlins left fielder Luis Gonzalez, formerly with the Dodgers and someone who has met his share of A-list stars.

Trying to push the entertainment aspect of the game, the Marlins this season have featured a disc jockey in right field during weekend games, plus a heavy-set male dance team called the Manatees.

"We have big guys on the field, a disc jockey in right field, we've got all kind of stuff going on here," Gonzalez laughed. "This is Marlins baseball.

"I didn't really know it was going to happen then. If I did, I probably would have run out there a little faster and jumped in front of Owen Wilson, and handed it off to her. That would have made me a real hero, right? I should have messed that whole scene up. What were they going to do, kick me off the field? I belonged there more than they did."

Initially, the scene was set to be shot at Dolphin Stadium on April 18, when the Marlins were playing the Nationals, but the filming was postponed because the crew was shooting late in South Beach.

For Marlins pitcher Mark Hendrickson, it was the second time a movie was featured in a game with which he was involved. While playing with Tampa Bay a few years ago, he was at Fenway Park during the filming of "Fever Pitch."

On that day, they filmed the scene in which Drew Barrymore ran across the field.

Hendrickson was in the clubhouse and missed seeing the action, but his family was in the stands and witnessed the filming.

Aniston and Wilson arrived at the ballpark at about 8 p.m. ET, bringing a half-dozen carloads of extras.

After the game, Aniston posed for a picture with about six of the players' wives.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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