One of the most heartwarming books of the last 20 years is now a movie! Garth Stein’s 2008 novel “The Art of Racing in the Rain” follows the life of a race car driver, with all its high points and moments of tragedy, through the eyes of his loving canine companion.
The movie, directed by Simon Curtis (GOODBYE, CHRISTOPHER ROBIN) opens on August 9. Cinemark spoke to the filmmaking team on THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN premiere red carpet, to get the honest truth about finding a dog’s point of view on life.
Check out our evening at the event:
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”) stars as Denny Swift, who names his adopted Golden Retriever Enzo, after car designer Enzo Ferrari. (Who, we feel obliged to point out, will be seen in a very different context in James Mangold’s November 15 release FORD V FERRARI.) Enzo, voiced by Kevin Costner (FIELD OF DREAMS), is our guide as Denny marries Eve (Amanda Seyfried) and begins a new chapter in life.
“Patrick Dempsey first gave me the script,” said director Curtis, “and I loved it on first read.” Which is well and good, but then Curtis had to face the fact that several of his film’s most important actors would not be humans. So how did he feel about directing dogs? In a word, “terrified.” But, he says, “it went well, and they were some of the best-prepared actors I’ve ever worked with.”
It probably doesn’t hurt that the dogs are some of the most charming co-stars anyone could have. “The first day that you meet your animal, you’re in love,” Kevin Costner said, “and you just love it for all you’re worth.”
Watch the trailer for THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN to see a bit more of the movie’s furry stars: