Cara Gee on the Indigenous pride and digital dog in ‘The Call of the Wild’ – The Outlook

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February 19, 2020

TORONTO — Canadian actress Cara Gee was living in Los Angeles for only about a month in 2018 when she landed the “dreamiest” project.

It was the Disney film “The Call of the Wild,” starring Harrison Ford as a grieving outdoorsman who bonds with a burly dog in the Canadian Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.

The Calgary-born Gee, who is Ojibwe and grew up in Bobcaygeon, Ont., was filled with pride at the chance to play a powerful Indigenous character who leads a dog-sled team in a “blockbuster narrative” featuring her home country.

There was just one hitch: The protagonist pooch wasn’t real, and Gee was going to have to act opposite a man who was on all fours playing the St. Bernard/Farm Collie mix.

That person was Terry Notary, a former Cirque de Soleil performer whose realistic dog-like movements on set were later animated into the canine character Buck.

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