I Am Legend may have been one of the few movies that made Will Smith a serious actor in the mid to late 2000s (along with The Pursuit of Happiness and Seven Pounds), but we all know who the real star is. of this series. Doomsday sci-fi is blockbuster.
Scenes between Robert Neville (played by Smith) and his beloved German Shepherd dog, Sam, who was given to him as a puppy by his daughter before she died in a helicopter crash up, by far the most moving scene of the film.
They are often touching, sometimes humorous, and sometimes downright tragic. But before you cry and fall asleep thinking about how that story ended for Sam (spoiler alert: it wasn’t good), it’s worth noting that the real life story is much happier.
Although the movie was released more than ten years ago, Abbey, the dog who plays Sam, is still alive and well. Furthermore, she still lives with the family of trainer Steve Berens, who told LADbible the 13-year-old is currently retired with her daughter and children. “She’s older now and can’t hear much,” he explains. “But she still kicks and still likes balls and bones.”
According to Berens, who owns the animal training company Animals of Distinction, Abbey has “always been part of the family,” ever since the film producers asked him to buy and train a German Shepherd dog for him. as Sam.
He explained: “We got her in mid-July and filmed her in late September, so it was a very short change.
Scenes between Robert Neville (played by Smith) and his beloved German Shepherd dog, Sam, who was given to him as a puppy by his daughter before she died in a helicopter crash up, by far the most moving scene of the film. They are often poignant, sometimes humorous, and at times utterly tragic. But before you cry and fall asleep thinking about how that story ended for Sam (spoiler alert: it wasn’t good), it’s worth noting that the real life story is much happier.
She had no training and no knowledge.” She was trained in many of the basics needed for acting, and then immediately at certain times «Very nervous at first, but she’s really strong. She’s a good dog who learns quickly.” Berens said working with Smith was “wonderful” and Abbey is also a big fan of her human partner.
He said, “When you work with a lot of contractors, they don’t care about animals; they see it as something the public will see for them.
“Will, on the other hand, isn’t like that at all. He realizes that this is his actress, he really enjoys and gets into the job. It’s been a pleasure working with him.” I believe she liked him, and this made all the difference.
I think the relationship in the picture is one of the things I’m most satisfied and proud of.”
“He said it over the channel, but he didn’t really say it to me directly,” he explained. “I don’t want to see it end badly — you know how many celebrities fall in love with their actresses, and then when they move on to the next movie, they’re gone.”
“I don’t know if he came to see me in person.” When you exercise and spend time with someone, you build a strong relationship. She is always with us, in the house and with our other pets. She has always been an important part of our family.”
Abbey’s training continued after I Am Legend, when she landed a few small roles, adding: “Nothing profound or particularly striking, but she’s a little bit here and there.”
In addition, she is also a pet, a family dog. “There are larger companies that hand over things more often.” We’re a smaller corporation, so that’s a little more personal scenario. Now she’s actually in the yard.”
Berens insists his company is small, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t create big things. In addition to Abbey’s work in I Am Legend, the trainer has worked on other Adam Sandler films and even protected and trained Milo in the Mask. Although he primarily works with dogs, cars, and birds, Berens is used to getting a little off track.
“As an animal trainer, you always have your pets and you always want to work with them because they’re your animals,” he explains.
“But things don’t always work out that way, and especially with Adam, he writes something so out of the ordinary that we have to go get it, prepare it, and put it together into a picture.” It’s not always the same.
» But he also believes that every animal can be trained to some degree.»
That’s the problem with animal training: it’s an art of deception.