Quaid, who added that he would not promote the film had he learned of any abuse, went on to reveal the personal connection he has to A Dog's Purpose. "My basset hound I had as a kid, she sometimes felt like my only friend," he recalled. "She went everywhere with me. She slept with me. She just knew my emotional state. We took care of each other and that's what dogs do. They give you unconditional love."
Directed by Lasse Hallström, the film follows Bailey, a dog whose life is shown from his birth to his death and to his reincarnation through different dog breeds.
"You're gonna cry!" Quaid said. "It's gonna well you up...I mean, I got welled up when my agent was just telling me the story. I hadn’t even seen the script, but it also turns around and it makes you laugh."
Britt Robertson, K. J. Apa, Josh Gad, Peggy Lipton, and Juliet Rylance also co-star.