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Start Slideshow LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08:  Director Steven Spielberg poses with Joey, the War Horse during the UK premiere of War Horse at Odeon Leicester Square on January 8, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images) Director Steven Spielberg poses with Joey, the War Horse during the UK premiere of War Horse at Odeon Leicester Square on January 8, 2012 in London, England.

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A Brief History of Animals Walking the Red Carpet

This past Sunday, on the carpet for War Horse’s London premiere, one particularly handsome face stood out among the celebrities (and royals!). It belonged to a horse. Someone had the brilliant idea to bring one of the fourteen equine actors who played Joey to the premiere, and the resulting photos — including a particularly intense nuzzle session with Steven Spielberg, above — were delightful.  But this is, of course, not the first time that a talented animal has made an appearance at a movie premiere.  In fact, animals walk the red carpet on a fairly regular basis, and sometimes they even wear tuxes.  Animals in tuxes! Just click already.

Photo: Tim Whitby/2012 Getty Images