Liz Farrell

Dogs wait with bated (or terrible) breath for ‘Basement Bob’ call-backs

Movie crew member Caitlin Whalen holds a sound slate as Port Royal’s Ashley Wark, right, gets Chance the dog in position for his audition for the movie “Basement Bob,” which is going to be filmed in the Beaufort area. “It was quick and easy,” said Wark of the experience. “He’s going to be a little movie star,” she said of Chance. The auditions were held on Sunday at Port Royal Veterinary Hospital.
Movie crew member Caitlin Whalen holds a sound slate as Port Royal’s Ashley Wark, right, gets Chance the dog in position for his audition for the movie “Basement Bob,” which is going to be filmed in the Beaufort area. “It was quick and easy,” said Wark of the experience. “He’s going to be a little movie star,” she said of Chance. The auditions were held on Sunday at Port Royal Veterinary Hospital. jkarr@islandpacket.com

Uyen Le thinks your dog is special.

Really special.

Ever since July 17, when 200 local dogs auditioned for the movie “Basement Bob” — which is set to film in Beaufort — Le, the film’s co-producer, has been approached by a few of the dog owners who missed out on the casting call in Port Royal.

The owners hear who she is, whip out their phones and show her what they clearly consider to be the fur-versions of Meryl Streep and Daniel Day-Lewis.

“OK yeah,” Le tells them with a smile. “Your dog is really great.”

But it’s too late for a chance at stardom.

Le and her husband, V.W. Scheich, co-director and co-producer, will spend the next few weeks combing through doggie head shots and rewatching video taken during the auditions. At the end of the month, they will announce the Top 5 dogs who will get “bark-backs” — or as humans refer to them, “call-backs.”

That audition will involve more than just sitting for a photo.

“The dog has to be believable in the room,” Le said. “He has to have chemistry with the other actor.”

In addition to being good-looking (which all our dogs are, let’s face it), the star dog will be the one who gets along with the cast and, more importantly, really listens to its owner, which is exactly why I know my dog won’t be making the cut.

“With animals, there’s this sort of unexpected element,” Le said. Therefore, she said, it’s important that the star dog’s owners know how to wrangle their little actor.

No word yet on whether the dog who wins the part will get his own trailer, but something tells me it’s safe for him to put “unlimited Milk Bones” in his rider.

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