Man and dog recreate romantic movie scenes

Naka did an impressive hand-stand to re-create this "Spiderman" smooch. Courtesy Chris Naka/Sony Picture
Naka did an impressive hand-stand to re-create this "Spiderman" pooch smooch.

Some people really love movies. Some people really love dogs. But Chris Naka? He’s bonkers for both.

As evidence, consider what just might be the strangest (and funniest!) series of photos ever conceived. In the images, Naka recreates iconic scenes from “Titanic,” “The Graduate,” “Top Gun” and other films with the help of an accommodating 13-year-old dog named Wrigley.

Naka, 30, told TODAY.com that the project got started thanks to the creativity of his co-workers at Blue Man Group in Chicago.

Yeah, you! Naka and Wrigley do their best "Sixteen Candles." Courtesy Chris Naka/MCA/ Everett
Yeah, you! Naka and Wrigley do their best "Sixteen Candles."

“The theater company is an amazing place to work,” Naka said. “We started taking the photos during the last five minutes of our lunch and it just took off from there. Someone printed a bunch of our early pictures, posted them in the green room, and folks from all over the theater started sending emails with movie suggestions.”

Chris Naka and Wrigley the dog recreate a famous scene from "Titanic." Courtesy Chris Naka / Paramount Pictures
Remember this scene from "Titanic"? So do Chris Naka and Wrigley the dog.

Interest intensified when Naka posted the photos on Reddit on Dec. 27. Some wondered: What’s with all the romantic movie scenes?

Chris Naka and Wrigley the dog recreate a scene from "Brokeback Mountain." Courtesy Chris Naka / Focus Films
Wrigley is such a good sport. Here, the dog helps Chris Naka recreate a scene from "Brokeback Mountain."

“There really isn’t a great reason for choosing romance movies,” Naka said. “Once we started with ‘Titanic’ it just made sense to continue the trend. Really though, the romance photos were so hilarious and kind of bizarre. We just planned to keep going until we ran out of ideas.”

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    From ‘The Graduate’ to ‘Titanic,’ dog steals show in famous movie scenes

    See hilariously weird images of memorable movie moments featuring a creative Chicago man and an accommodating pooch.

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    Chris Naka, 30, of Chicago, is the man behind a series of hilariously weird photos that recreate iconic movie scenes. The star of every scene? His boss’ dog. Keep on clicking to marvel at the madness.

    “There really isn’t a great reason for choosing romance movies,” Naka told TODAY.com. “Once we started with ‘Titanic’ it just made sense to continue the trend. Really though, the romance photos were so hilarious and kind of bizarre. We just planned to keep going until we ran out of ideas.”

    Courtesy Chris Naka / Paramount Pictures
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    'The Hunger Games' -

    Naka said one of his co-workers at Blue Man Group in Chicago owned a costume from "The Hunger Games." “So that's how we ended up taking a photo for that movie,” he explained.

    Courtesy Chris Naka / AP
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    “The (Blue Man Group) theater company is an amazing place to work,” Naka said. “We started taking the photos during the last five minutes of our lunch and it just took off from there. Someone printed a bunch of our early pictures, posted them in the green room, and folks from all over the theater started sending emails with movie suggestions.”

    Courtesy Chris Naka / Vestron Pictures
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    The haplessly helpful dog in the photos with Naka is Wrigley, a 13-year-old pooch who belongs to Naka’s boss, Kristen Doss.

    Courtesy Chris Naka / MCA / Everett
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    “Wrigley has been accompanying Kristen to work at the theater for over nine years and has become a celebrity of sorts in the backstage area,” Naka said.

    Courtesy Chris Naka / 20th Century Fox
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    Sometimes getting the light just right for a shot can be a bit tricky.

    Courtesy Chris Naka / Paramount Pictures
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    Romantic moments in especially high-profile movies were just too hard to resist.

    Courtesy Chris Naka / Sony Pictures
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    Naka posted on Reddit that his boss thinks “The Graduate” photo is the best one they took.

    Courtesy Chris Naka / AP
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    Will Naka know how to quit this? “I don't know if we're going to take more pictures!” he confessed to TODAY.com. “It's been busy around here with the holiday season theater traffic, so there hasn't been as much time for Wrigley photos.”

    Courtesy Chris Naka / Focus Films

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