Exclusive chat with Dennis Quaid about his role in A Dog’s Purpose


Dennis Quaid talks to London Mums about his role in the emotional movie A Dog’s Purpose, available on Digital Download now and Blu-ray™ and DVD from 28th August 2017, courtesy of Entertainment One. 


Dennis Quaid as Ethan with Buddy in A Dog’s Purpose – Photo credit: Joe Lederer – Universal Studios


Q: What initially attracted you to getting involved in A Dog’s Purpose?

DQ: 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?

DQ: 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 loved 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?

DQ: 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?


DQ: 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?



DQ: 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




Josh Gadd, John Ortiz, Lasse Hallström, Dennis Quaid and Bryce Gheisar discuss what they think a dog’s purpose is




Dennis Quaid, Britt Robertson , Juliet Rylance, John Ortiz, Kirby Howell-Baptiste and W. Bruce Cameron (Book Author/Co-Screenwriter) discuss what the book means to them


Josh Gad and Lasse Hallström discuss how they worked on Josh’s voice over while Lasse was overseas










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