Based on the best-selling novel ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ tells heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo.
Based on Garth Stein’s beloved novel, which spent three and a half years on the bestseller list and has been translated into 38 languages, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN stars Milo Ventimiglia (CREED II, ROCKY BALBOA), Amanda Seyfried (‘MAMMA MIA!, LES MISERABLES, TED 2) and the voice of Kevin Costner (HIDDEN FIGURES, JACK RYAN SHADOW RECRUIT, MAN OF STEEL) as Enzo, the philosophical dog, who narrates the tale.
Through his bond with his owner, aspiring Formula One race car driver Denny Swift, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life: his wife, Eve, their young daughter Zoë, and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.
Like the novel, the film is narrated by the wise and philosophical dog, Enzo. Director Simon Curtis (Goodbye Christopher Robin, My Week with Marilyn) says; “Enzo’s brilliant voiceover is very insightful. Sometimes it’s very accurate, sometimes it’s flawed, but that’s part of the enjoyment. Sometimes he gets it right, sometimes he gets it wrong, but he’s a very well-meaning dog who wants to learn in the hope that he can come back as a human in his next life.”
Actor Milo Ventimiglia comments: “What I loved about the script was this journey this man had. You understand the focus of a race car driver and the bumps along the road, the rain that happens and the unexpected events that can take us off course – I saw that in Denny’s life. I really love the journey of where Denny started and where he ended, and everything we get to experience along the way, with regards to being a father, a husband, a best friend to Enzo and also being a race car driver.”
Ventimiglia feels that until he meets Eve, “Denny was one-half of an equation and he didn’t even know it. When Eve comes into his life, he’s whole. All of a sudden, he finds his real purpose. He even finds his passion for what he was already quite passionate about, his racing.”
Actress Amanda Seyfried who plays Eve had read the novel when it was first published. “It was a heartbreaker,” she says. “Anything including a dog can get really emotional because they’re so pure and they’re animals and we love them. It’s a great story about family.”
Seyfried is a bona fide dog lover. “It’s their wide-eyed innocence, their playfulness and curiosity. They just want to love you and be and they live in the present. We could all learn from that – that’s a big giant challenge for us humans to live in the present. I can’t get enough of being around them. Another reason this movie was so perfect for me is – I was promised a dog in every scene!” she laughs.
While Kevin Costner gives voice to Enzo, on-screen Enzo is played by two-year-old golden retriever Parker, and eight-year-old Butler, who plays him as an older dog. The impeccably-trained canine movie stars were both rescue dogs.
Perhaps best known for his starring roles on TV’s Gray’s Anatomy as well as such films as Enchanted, Made of Honor and Sweet Home Alabama, Patrick Dempsey is also a producer and an accomplished race car driver. He came across the novel just before it was published in 2008.
The Art of Racing in the Rain released across cinemas in Saudi Arabia on the 8th August 2019.
The film’s trailer can be viewed here.