A Dog’s Purpose is a heartwarming tale that follows a dog’s life from birth to his death and eventual reincarnation. However, for the past week, the movie has been under fire. It was after a video showing a dog forced into raging waters surfaced online. A few days before its release, Dennis Quaid defended his new movie and the people who have worked on the movie.
A Dog’s Purpose On-the-Set
Last week, TMZ released a video from the set of the movie showing how a German Shepherd was forced into turbulent waters. This resulted in an online outcry blasting the movie for the supposed animal abuse. There were also calls to boycott the movie that will open this week.
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) also launched blistering attacks on author and co-screenwriter, W. Bruce Cameron. “It takes a cold heart not to find this footage disturbing, so PETA asks whether A Dog’s Purpose was written from the heart or just to make a buck,” the organization’s vice president, Lisa Lange, said in a statement.
Cameron, in a previous statement (via Variety) admitted that there were some mistakes, but the dog was not in danger because there were safety precautions on the set. Moreover, he explained that Hercules, the dog on the video, did not want to jump into the water because of the location change. He was not scared, but he was not used to jumping at the other side of the pool. “When he was asked to perform the stunt from the other side of the pool, which was not how he had been doing it all day, he balked,” he explained.
The Stars Respond
Quaid, one of the human actors of the movie, defended A Dog’s Purpose. He told Ellen DeGeneres that the animals, from dogs to donkeys, were treated with utmost respect. Moreover, he doubted that the video tells the whole story.
The actor also stated that he will not want to work on a movie set that abuses animals or people. He even teared up when he talked about his compassion for the dogs. To add, he said director Lasse Hallstrom has the greatest respect for dogs. A Dog’s Purpose opens on Jan. 27.
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