The Art of Racing in the Rain’s Enzo Legend Is Actually True

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Amanda Seyfried wore orange eyeshadow with a yellow strapless dress to the premiere of her movie The Art of Racing in the Rain at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

While the movie is based on the 2008 novel of the same name by author Garth Stein that you can buy on Amazon, the Mongolian legend showcased in the film is real.

Amanda Seyfried at the premiere of their movie The Art of Racing in the RainAmanda Seyfried at the premiere of their movie The Art of Racing in the Rain at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on August 1, 2019

The American comedy-drama film directed by Simon Curtis is about a dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) who learns that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

The dog is based on an Airedale Terrier that Garth Stein owned as a kid. Best known as the author of the novel The Art of Racing in the Rain, Stein is also a documentary filmmaker, playwright, teacher, and amateur racer. He was inspired to write the book after viewing the documentary “State of Dogs,” a Mongolian movie that was released in 1998.

At the end of the movie, Enzo’s health begins to deteriorate and he starts preparing for death. Denny, his master and best friend played by Milo Ventimiglia, arranges to drive Enzo around the track where he used to teach.

Kevin Costner voices a Golden Retriever named Enzo in The Art of Racing in the RainKevin Costner voices a Golden Retriever named Enzo in The Art of Racing in the Rain

While lamenting that he will not be able to travel to Italy or care for his family, Enzo insists that he has enjoyed a good life. He recalls a television documentary which showcased Mongolian beliefs that once a dog dies, they are reincarnated as a human.

Enzo is mostly portrayed by Parker, a two-year-old Golden Retriever, but a number of other dogs helped out as wellEnzo is mostly portrayed by Parker, a two-year-old Golden Retriever, but a number of other dogs helped out as well

According to the Mongolian Bankhar Dog Project’s website, “when a [dog] dies, its remains are typically placed on top of a mountain so it is closer to the gods and spirit world, and so that people do not walk over its bones,” the site explains about the legend that makes Enzo look forward to his new life.

“It is believed that humans can be reincarnated as dogs and dogs as humans.”

Amanda Seyfried's orange eyeshadow and Jennifer Meyer earringsAmanda Seyfried’s orange eyeshadow and Jennifer Meyer earrings

Dakota Fanning’s lookalike donned a hi-low gown from Oscar de la Renta‘s Resort ’20 lookbook and Jennifer Meyer earrings.

Amanda Seyfried donned a yellow hi-low gown from Oscar de la RentaAmanda Seyfried donned a yellow hi-low gown from Oscar de la Renta

Does Eve die in The Art of Racing in the Rain?

Amanda Seyfried’s character in the movie, Denny’s wife Eve, dies of brain cancer in the movie. Shortly before dying, Eve admits to Enzo that she is no longer afraid of death.

Eve, portrayed by Amanda Seyfried, dies of brain cancer in The Art of Racing in the RainEve, portrayed by Amanda Seyfried, dies of brain cancer in The Art of Racing in the Rain

Also a talented singer, she showed off her feet in white ankle-strap sandals from Stuart Weitzman. Do you love her yellow summer dress and orange eyeshadow?

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In May, Amanda wore a pair of Aquatalia shoes while joining her husband Thomas Sadoski at the Second Stage Theater’s 40th Birthday Gala held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

Amanda Seyfried posing her husband Thomas Sadoski while attending the Second Stage Theater’s 40th Birthday GalaAmanda Seyfried posing her husband Thomas Sadoski while attending the Second Stage Theater’s 40th Birthday Gala held at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on May 6, 2019

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