A family movie about a dog who goes through life trying to figure out his purpose. You will laugh and cry. I did. Dennis Quaid stars as the voice of the main character in the movie and we have a question and answer piece he did all about the movie and his role.
Q: What initially attracted you to getting involved in A Dog’s Purpose?
A: My agent contacted me about the film. I’d never read the book, but four sentences in and I started to well up. I told him I was going to do the movie. I read the script and it really makes you well up with emotion, but it also makes you laugh. It’s like watching those dog videos on YouTube sometimes. These dogs are pretty funny.
Q: When you watch films that you star in the back, are you able to get emotionally caught up?
A: I’m kind of immune to seeing myself on screen, but I get caught up in the story, especially this one. This story always gets me. It’s even getting me right now just talking about it. I’m only in the last third of film, so I really get a chance to enjoy the film.
I’ve always love dogs. This story always reminds me of the classic boy and dog relationship between Ethan and Bailey. My dog, Gertrude, was my closest friend for a couple of years.
Q: How did you go about making a bond with the dog?
A: Yeah, I spent time with him. Just like any other relationship. You don’t just walk into it. Then of course you keep some bacon in your pocket.
Q: Do you have a sure hand with directors you’ve worked with?
A: With Lasse Hallstrom you never know what you’re going to get when you go to the set. He’s very improvisational. He creates a situation around you and then he wants you to find your way through it. It’s wonderful working with him.
Q: What do you think is a dog’s purpose?
A: Like in the film, a dog’s purpose is to lick you as much as they can. It’s actually about unconditional love. That’s what dogs provide. Dogs open us up to love. They take care of us, and we take care of them
A DOG’S PURPOSE IS AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL DOWNLOAD ON 22ND AUGUST AND
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