“Cesar Millan: The Real Story:” What the Dog Whisperer left out of the biopic [Bonus Video]
Bonus Video That Tells it All: Plus, Nat Geo Wild Trailer
Self-taught dog trainer, Cesar Millan, has come a long way from working with animals on his grandfather’s Sinaloa farm. After watching years of Rin Tin Tin reruns, the 13-year-old boy declared to his mother that he would one day become the world’s greatest dog trainer. Thirty-years later, the Santa Clarita, Calfornia resident and naturalized U.S. citizen has overcame insurmountable odds, achieving success as a business entrepreneur, expert dog trainer and reality T.V. personality. Nonetheless, despite his incredible accomplishments, the 43-year-old star of “The Dog Whisperer” has recently confessed he tried to kill himself in May of 2010.
To hear Millan tell it, he began to slide into a hopeless state of mind in February of 2010 when he lost his top dog, Daddy, to cancer after 16 years of companionship. After barely having enough time to mourn his loss, his wife of 16 years told the celebrity dog trainer that she wanted a divorce. According to Millan the combined blow triggered a failed suicide attempt, putting him in the hospital after overdosing on drugs.
According to Yahoo News, Millan has been quite eager to share his storybook journey through life. On October 8, 2012 he announced, during an appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” that the television network, Nat Geo Wild, will air a one-hour biopic on his life. “Cesar Millan: The Real Story” is scheduled to premiere the weekend of Thanksgiving, on Sunday, November 25, at 9:00 p.m. ER/PT. Yahoo News also reported that “the biopic will feature, for the first time on television, the comprehensive, behind-the-scenes story of Millan’s incredible rise from poverty to fame. However, all of this sudden hoopla and glitzy enthusiasm to promote Millan’s so called true life story, leave my cynical mind to wonder, how much of the actor’s classic rise to fortune and fame will be left out of the biopic narrative.
For the most part, I’m a glass have full reporter. In other words, I prefer to see the positive characteristics of the human experience. But every once and a while I get the impression from some of the portraits I chose to paint, that fail to meet the hype they try so hard to convey.
Cesar Millan may perhaps fall into this classification.
Now let me first state that I recognize that none of us live perfect lives. And I really have no interest in dabbling into people’s deep dark closets just to earn my keep. Nevertheless, I’m of the opinion that if you’re going to sell me a bag of popcorn loaded with butter and leave out the salt, then I feel obliged to correct the oversight by providing the salt myself. Why? because I simply can’t eat popcorn without salt. You see, if we’re going to keep all things equal, then equality must maintain a balanced of freedom. If you decide to hold the butter, than I guess I can suffer through the meal without salt.
Suicide is truly nothing to make fun of as many of us have visited that scene before. It’s just Millan’s use of the suicide story to sell the biopic that has motivated me to shine perhaps a brighter light over his career. Who knows, much of what I will present may already be part of Millan’s autobiographic documentary. Nonetheless, that’s a scenario my cynicism chooses not to chance.
So after the biopic’s promotional campaign sucked me into anticipating the TV premiere, I stumbled upon some interesting reports that first appeared to paint an alternative picture of “The Dog Whisperer.”
The New York Post seemed to suggest Millan has a fair amount of secrets worth a good sum of money to remain secret. I thought to myself, I bet there’s no chance “Cesar Millan: The Real Story” covers any of that material.
The “Post” reported that, Illusion Millan, the TV star’s ex-wife was paid a flat sum of $400,000 plus $33,000 per month to keep quiet about their private life. Specifically, the divorce settlement instructed Illusion to keep any “Intimate, personal and/or private information about the other party…including details of their personal and/or sexual relationships” confidential. “
The New York Post added, that “any photograph, film, videotape, recording … which is not commercially available” must remain private.”
Looking further, I discovered that back in June of 2010, the online tabloid Perez Hilton speculated, “Cesar has a bit of gayface, dontcha think? Maybe he has something to hide.” Now such speculation is certainly not a pejorative remark. Nevertheless, the website gay-or-straight.com using what they claimed is a gay-o-meter, sort of a gaydar (radar) announced: “according to 712 visitors Cesar Millan is 52% gay. However, the average gay-rating on gay-or-straight.com is 69%, which means Cesar Millan is quite straight in comparison to other celebrities on this website.”
In contrast to my stated thesis, the following video suggests that I might have altogether misunderstood “The Dog Whisperer.” In fact, after viewing the video I would be remiss if I didn’t admit that Millan comes off convincingly sincere. It’s about Millan’s bullied experiences growing up.
Those of you who are still reading this article anticipating that I might uncover perhaps a salacious act or two involving the TV star, or that I may provide some firsthand news confirming what a lot of people believe about “The Dog Whisperer,” in all honesty I can only tell you that Cesar’s written record tells a story pretty much consistent with his public claims.
Sure, I came across a few people that have experienced some unpleasant moments with Millan, arguing that he treated them rudely. But who hasn’t at one time or another given others that impression.
Nope, I’m going to have to say that unless I uncover something that changes my present perception, I’m forced to admit, Millan is a role model I can respect.
In retrospect, Whether he comes off looking gay or not shouldn’t matter to anyone.
Perhaps I miss read the guy. His eagerness to market the biopic with the record of his 2010 suicide, which I still have problems with reconciling, throw me off. Therefore, I have to withdraw any impression I may have painted, which suggests Millan might not be authentic.
Ultimately, “The Dog Whisperer” survived and even overcame the desire to end his life and that happens to be good thing.
Two years following the incident, Millan was quoted to have moved beyond that low point in his life. Apparently, he’s come to grips that his pet, Daddy, can never truly be replaced.
According sources, Millan is presently planning to marry his new girlfriend, Jahira Dar, who lives with the Reality TV star along with the younger of his two sons.
In closing, I’m looking forward to seeing the Thanksgiving Holiday scheduled biopic and plan on publishing an honest review shortly before it airs.
Oh, and by the way, if you’re wondering if Millan is gay, I wouldn’t bet any money on it; besides that’s a fairly personal matter, and since he’s said to be worth $45 million, he certainly have enough money to be able to keep it to himself.