‘The Grinch’ scene-stealer: Max the faithful dog makes every heart grow three sizes

If you want to make Benedict Cumberbatch go all mushy, just mention Max, the adorable canine companion to the nasty Grinch.

“It’s those cute puppy eyes. It’s all about the eyes,” says Cumberbatch, who stars as the Christmas-loathing green-skinned creature in the new animated film “The Grinch” (now in theaters). “Max is the world’s greatest dog, let alone the Grinch’s best companion. Anyone should be so lucky to have a Max in their life.”

Animator Chuck Jones made Max a major player in the beloved 1966 TV special (which airs Friday on NBC). The pooch has played major roles in the 2000 live-action movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas, alongside Jim Carrey’s Grinch. 

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