How do animals get cast in films? We see them gracing the screen with such talent, ease, and dedication, it's almost hard to imagine the years of training that allowed them to pull off such amazing performances. With all the auditions they went to and the long hours they spent on set, they're basically some of the hardest working actors in Hollywood. It's no wonder they have their own awards ceremony called, fittingly, the Pawscars. They deserve serious recognition for all their hard work.
However, while some of the world's favorite animal actors have trainers who turned them into stars from a young age, others have origin stories that aren’t quite as happy. A lot of the critters came from shelters and had to go through several auditions until they landed a role. In fact, behind the scenes of show business, you'll discover casting stories that literally saved these pets' lives. So if you’re looking for cool stories of animals cast in movies, you’re in the right place.This list includes a few true stories about animal actors that will warm your heart and make you look at the little (or big) fellas in a completely new light. Read on!
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Shelter Dog Becomes Famous Dog Actor and Appears in "Benji"
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Dog Escapes Euthanasia and Lands Part in "Marley & Me"
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Adopted Raven Stars in "It’s a Wonderful Life"Photo: RKO Radio Pictures
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Dog Rescued from Battlefield Becomes Huge Silent Movie Star
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Britain’s Loneliest Dog Lands Role in "Transformers 5"
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Rescued Orange Tabby Tomcat Becomes the World’s Most Finicky Cat