Animals In Show Business: Famous Horses of the Silver Screen

Animals are a huge part of our life. We love being around them. Our hearts melt when we see them do something cute. And they become such an important part of our daily lives.

Whether it is a dog, cat, lizard, bird, or any other creature, it is all too easy for us to become attached and consider these creatures like family. And for good reason too. We, as humans, are just another animal wandering the planet. The fact we can coexist with so many beautiful creatures truly is a privilege we often take for granted.

But this isn’t a blog about animal-loving. We focus on the entertainment industry. Which is why we are going to be looking at some of the biggest stars of the silver screen. Horses.

 

Horses in Cinema

Animals have a long tradition of appearing on the silver screen. Despite the age-old adage ‘Never work with Children or Animals’ we constantly look to write roles for our furry friends. And Horses are one of the noblest and also cooperative animals you can work with.

Evolution isn’t just about physical traits. It is also about how a creature adapts to its social environment for its protection. And Horses evolved socially to become indispensable to humanity. Up until recent centuries with the invention of the car, Horses were the backbone of our society. People of all ages love and adore them. Families constantly struggle to find the besten geschenke für pferdeliebhaber mädchen because they can’t buy them an actual horse.

 

Seabiscuit

Perhaps one of the most well-known horses in cinema history. Everyone knows the name Seabiscuit, despite many people never having watched the movie.

The movie is based on a real-life racehorse of the same name, so this was a pleasant surprise for fans of the sport. Spawning from the book of the same name, Seabiscuit quickly became one of the most famous horses in history. The movie itself was released to good critical responses and was extremely popular among moviegoers at the time. It even won itself a fair few awards.

 

Secretariat

Another famous racehorse, Secretariat followed the format of Seabiscuit, being a dramatized biography of the horse’s life. And, like Seabiscuit, it went on to get critical acclaim and become another household name for any horse fans.

The movie was put back into the public spotlight after the popular Netflix show ‘Bojack Horseman’ used Secretariat as a major plot point within the narrative, again bring this fantastic Horse back into the public mind and eye.

The movie did receive some flak for taking liberties with the actual history of Secretariat, with many preferring the arcuate honesty of Seabiscuit. But overall people were very happy with the film.

 

Shadowfax

 

Lord of the Rings is one of the most popular and famous fantasy franchise on the planet. Young and old alike will happily sit down and engage in the massive three-part epic that is LOTR. And some even braver souls will try and power through the extended edition marathons.

And Shadowfax is one of the most memorable members of the cast. With his beautiful white mane, he adds a lot of gravitas and energy to all the scenes he is in. And belonging to Gandalf makes him instantly one of the best characters going.

Despite him being fictional, the actor horse used was features in a slew of other movies and tv shows after. Often getting more work than some human actors, which is no small feat for an animal actor.

 

War Horse

A lot of students will remember reading War Horse for their exams. And many people simply loved the film. The horse, named Joey, soon became an icon for horse movie stars. The movie managed to tug at people’s heartstrings in a deeply profound way and inspired a lot of people to rethink their stance on how we treat animals.

The play of the same name also made waves with its stunning physical effects and is famous for its fantastic puppet of the horse, controlled by actors on stage. This is one horse that has managed to get into every medium possible.

 

The Food Truck Owner Who Became a Hollywood Superstar!

While browsing Netflix you may have come across a show simply called The Chef Show. The display image will show familiar face John Favreau and Gweneth Paltrow making food together in a kitchen. The trailer shows John eating and cooking with an all-star cast, including the Avengers Robert Downy Jr and Tom Holland.

But what might surprise you is the co-star of this show isn’t an actor or a musician. Yet they are one of the most well-known names in Hollywood. Their food truck is praised by studio execs, celebrities, and normal Hollywood citizens alike. But why is it you haven’t heard of them then? And how did a simple food truck owner rise to become a Hollywood superstar?

 

Roy Choi

The chef in question is Roy Choi. A man of humble origins, born in South Korea, Roy was raised in California with his parents who ran a series of various shops. Groceries, Laundrette. Hairdressers. His family was slowly building a small scale empire of stores within their community. And from this Roy slowly learned a lot about both business and hard work.

Roy spent a lot of his adult life unsure of his destination. He went to school and then dropped out. He also spent some time teaching English in Korea but soon decided this also wasn’t for him.

In 1996 he began attending a culinary school, honing his passions for cooking. He also worked as an intern in New York City, learning from some of the best chefs around.

 

His Truck

Roy spent years working with many chefs in various four and five-star restaurants he moved onto food trucks. At the time food trucks were more associated with hot dogs of greasy baseball food. But Roy wanted to imagine something different.

He marketed his trucks as gourmet. Serving restaurant-quality food at fast-food speeds. With the prices matching what you would expect from a food truck. And it didn’t take long before it all took off. He started with a gourmet taco truck, using only the finest ingredients, and slowly branched into deserts, using portable ice makers that work well to create complex and stunning ice-based deserts for a hot summer day.

And this truck caught the attention of one significant actor/producer. John Favreau. At the time John was in the middle of creating his new movie, Chef. And he needed someone to teach him the ins and outs of cooking. He wanted to present the Chef experience as authentically as he could. So he soon struck up a friendship with Roy and Roy started mentoring John in the arts of cooking like a chef.

 

Growing Fame

The movie was a success. And it boosted John up in the Hollywood world. Soon he was working as a producer on bigger pictures. Eventually landing the role as producer on Iron Man, the start of the entire MCU. And John had a suggestion for who should provide the catering for the set. Roy Choi.

So, every few days of shooting, Roy would show up with his food truck. And the entire cast and crew would have the option of eating his food, paid for by the studio of course. And soon, through word of mouth, Roy began showing up on more movie sets. Eventually, he became a staple of Hollywood filming. Most big-budget movies will have one of Roy’s trucks present on set.

And he has slowly built up a fantastic list of connections. He knows nearly every major chef in Hollywood. He frequents all the hottest restaurants and is renowned by everyone who meets him. This just goes to show the power food has on people, even the most powerful people in the entertainment industry.