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OLD DOGS

The REAL Old Dog
The film wouldn't be complete without its four-legged co-star. Filmmakers tapped Sebastian, a 9-year-old dog, to portray Charlie's aging hound Lucky. "Obviously, he's not supposed to be doing too much, because he's basically got one foot in the grave,” says trainer Dawn Barkin. "He does a lot of hanging out on the bed with John. His big, funny sight gag is that he gets to raise his leg and pee on a plant.” Barkin, who works for a company called Paws for Affect, has been training Sebastian for several years. She says getting the seasoned canine to do the leg-lift was surprisingly easy. "He picked it up in a day and a half, which is extremely quick, and he loves to do it. He walks up to objects and just lifts his leg up like it's the funniest thing in the world. It's a behavior he enjoys doing,” she says.

The filmmakers agree that the whole process was an enjoyable one—one they think will come through on the big screen. "I think the audience can expect to have a really fun time,” says Becker. "And that's whether you're a 90-year-old grandma or a 9-year-old boy or a 20- year-old college student.”

"I want to make movies that make people happy and make people laugh,” says Panay. "I believe we've done that with ‘OLD DOGS.'”

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