No doubt, a dog is truly a man’s best friend. It is this belief that drives the heartwarming film The Art of Racing in the Rain, based on Garth Stein’s beloved bestselling novel of the same title, produced by 20th Century Fox. Directed by Simon Curtis, the film stars Milo Ventimiglia, Amanda Seyfried and the voice of Kevin Costner as Enzo, the philosophical dog, who narrates the tale.
Throughout this engrossing drama, everything is seen from the vantage point of Enzo, a dog with a unique view of life. Wonderfully witty, philosophical and funny, Enzo, voiced by Kevin Costner, has remarkable insights into human nature, where he realizes that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. In turn poignant, humorous and inspiring, the films sweeps us up in the lives of this endearing family – but, unusually, it is Enzo, who relates the story.
“I was excited that this great story was being turned into a feature film,” shares Ventimiglia, who has numerous acting, producing and directing credits under his belt. “It’s an emotional and uplifting film that shows life through the wise and humorous perspective of Enzo, the dog.”
For her part, Seyfried, who plays opposite Ventimiglia and who has her fair share of acting credits, says that the film brought with it a variety of challenges, but the beauty of the story ultimately won her over.
“I read the book as soon as it came out and I was completely blown away,” Seyfried says. “I was so excited that they were making this film as I’m obsessed with dogs and it is a beautiful story about family—and a dog and love and connection.”
As a mother, Seyfried also finds the story relevant. “I have a kid now myself, so the stories that I’m attracted to are a little bit different from the ones that used to appeal. I want to make movies about families and love and trust, films about the beauty of life.”
“I loved how this family is being observed by this dog”, Director Simon Curtis reveals. ”It’s one of my favorite moments in the film where the dog is integrated and Enzo feels like the daughter’s big brother. I find that very, very moving.”
The Art of Racing in the Rain hits Philippine theaters on August 7, Wednesday. Join the conversations online at #ArtOfRacing.