Monday, March 26, 2012

OMG!

Mark Wahlberg

My head is spinning!  On Saturday afternoon, I received a phone call from someone connected with the Purina Incredible Dog Challenge (recall that Riley and I competed in that April 2011).  She said that there was a movie being shot in Miami, Florida and they needed a greyhound that was already trained on Tuesday.  Tuesday!!!  That is in THREE days!  I said I probably would not be able to make that schedule, but that I was interested and to put my name in the hat.
Dwayne Johnson - "The Rock"

A half an hour later, I get a call from Phil of Trademark Animal Talent.  He is freaking out because he was originally told that the greyhounds would all be on leash.  No big deal and he rounded up plenty of greyhounds to be on leash for the shoot.  When he received the script, he saw that there were several scenes that required off leash work and more training than originally stated.  Something that sounds easy to a producer is not necessarily easy in real life and especially not with most greyhounds.
Ed Harris

Phil had first planned to use Cindy, the greyhound that holds the high jump record.  She has quite a bit of training and he has used her before.  But he found out that she is now 11 years old and her head has turned white with age.  More so than he can chalk out.  So the hunt for another greyhound began rather late in the game.

Phil explained the requirements to me and Seven sounded perfect for the job.  Seven will have to run down a street, has to be carried (hopefully by Mark Wahlberg), and had to run into a kennel building and interact with an actor and show emotion.  Seven just happens to be a tail wagger and licker.  She will lick anyone within range of her tongue. 
"Come closer, I want to taste you." 

So we sounded right for the job (Riley will probably be used in the background), but could I possibly swing it on such short notice and possibly return three other times in April and May (12 hour drive one way).  Of course, the scheduling is compounded by the fact that I am taking almost two weeks off in April for a rare vacation with the hubby.  But it is a once in a lifetime chance to do something like this so I had to go for it.

I spoke to my boss who thankfully has a bucket list of his own and understands jumping at such rare opportunities.  I worked many hours over the weekend to get caught up and to get ahead.  I think everything will be alright.

The movie is called "Pain and Gain" and stars Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Ed Harris (and Seven, of course).  It is being produced by Michael Bay who also produced the Transformer movies, Pearl Harbor, and Armageddon.  "Pain and Gain" is about "a pair of bodybuilders in Florida that get caught up in an extortion ring and a kidnapping scheme that goes terribly wrong".  Sounds like Mark and The Rock will be looking fine.

Wish us luck!

35 comments:

Brooke said...

Wow! What an amazing opportunity for you and the pups! Congratulations, and good luck!

browndogcbr said...

Hi Y'all,

Tail waggin' excitement! Congrats and all that! Lookin' forward to hearing more about the filmin' when it starts!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog

What Remains Now said...

WHAT!?! This is so awesome! I can't wait to hear more. Congratulations! So wonderful.

gyeong said...

Wow! Your kids on the big screen. And you get to meet some A-list actors. Awesome!

Sara said...

Um, yes, this falls into the "whatever I can possibly do to make this happen, I need to do that" category. How VERY, VERY cool!!!!

andrea said...

How cool ... have a blast! and tell us all about it ... :)

Two Greyhound Town said...

Congrats!!!! This is so exciting! Keep us posted!

Claire Krigbaum said...

Whoa, exciting!!!! I wonder what Mark Whalberg tastes like?
Even though it doesn't sound like my kind of movie I will definitely have to see it!

jcp said...

Well now... thats just freeken AWESOME!

Mad Red Hare said...

OMG! WOW! That is really amazing. I hope everything works out for you guys. It would be so awesome to know a famous houndie!

Hiking Hounds said...

OMG!! That is so awesome! I really hope it's Mark Wahlberg that picks up Seven. Can you imagine her licking his face? Mmm Hmm. I'm so happy for you that you're getting to do this!

gryz4me said...

I am so jealous of Seven --- getting to lick any one of them or maybe all.....Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Ed Harris --- yummm. Do you think if I dress up in a greyhound costume that I could pull it off or maybe be her stand-in - VBG. Tell her she has to give us ALL the details.

K-Koira said...

Wow, how exciting!

Sientay L said...

OMG! is right! How awesome. I know Seven will be greyt! Congrats! Keep us posted.

Lima (or Lima Bean) said...

That is SUPER COOL!! Can't to wait to hear more about it!

Ximena said...

What an amazing opportunity! I was so confused when your post with a half-naked man showed up on the feed -- haha. Seven's a lucky girl, for sure!

Laura said...

Such a cool opportunity. Travel safely. You are in our thoughts with all of changes and travel planned.

houndstooth said...

*squeeeeeeeeee* I am so freaking excited for you and Seven! Oh my gosh! What an opportunity! I'd jump at the chance to go, too. And Seven, carried by one of those handsome men?! Good heaven! I'll be dying to go and see the movie now! And I'll try to contain myself during those Greyhound appearances. Really!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Woo Hoo!! You go girls! So exciting. We know Seven is going to be awesome, it sounds like a piece of cake for her:) So exciting. Looking forward to reading all about it:)

Corbin said...

This is sooo awesome! Maybe mom will take me to the drive ins so I can see Seven on the big screne when the movie comes out!
-Corbin

Trina said...

That is so exciting! will you be able to photograph while they are filming? Great photo of Mark W by the way..whew!!!
Good luck!!!!!!

2 dogs + 1 cat + 2 humans said...

Oooooh that's sooo exciting!!!!

Amanda Violette Groth said...

Wow!!! Good luck to everyone. Very exciting for all of you!

dw said...

Wow! What a fantastic opportunity! I found the link for your post from the Tales and Tails crew over on Facebook! Congrats and let's hope everyone does their thing and all works out well!!

Witty Angel said...

Awesome! This is very exciting! I'm sure it will be a blockbuster with your cutie on the big screen.

Angela J. said...

WOW! How exciting!!!

Angela said...

Wow! I thought you guys were already famous, but wait until everyone sees this! I hope everything works out and look forward to reading all about it!

Muttsandaklutz said...

Hey, super cool! How could anyone say no to an opportunity like that. Good luck and have fun!!

Kathy said...

It's so cool. I know you all will have fun and be great!

Two Greyhound Town said...

I just saw photos on Greytalk. Congrats! Can't wait for your update.

Susan McKeon said...

Woohoo! How fantastic for you, Seven & Riley. Can I have their pawtographs now they're famous?

Derby said...

Yummy

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

As a lot of the others said .. 'WOW!'

How very exciting for you! And Seven gets to be picked up and carried? Are you going to be smelling her fur when she gets back for traces of star-quality cologne?

Declan said...

Can I have Severn's autograph please? Mum says who's Mark Whatshisface?! she is hopeless! Deccy x

Sue aka Greyhound Lover said...

Wow what a fab opportunity for you guys!!!!! Many congratulations I'm sure they will be huge stars xxx