Rescue Dogs Star in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

While film fans will soon flock to theaters to see Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in the new Focus Features’ flick Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, fans of Fidos will be seeking out scenes featuring the actors’ canine-costar, Aleister.

Portraying Sorry (a name Carell’s character bequeaths to his new barking buddy thanks to a note found pinned to his collar) the five year-old terrier mix is a pooch who gives the movie’s protagonist a sense of purpose as the days tick down to the earth’s annihilation by an asteroid.


A Rover with an acting resume which includes spots in television and print ads for Microsoft, Pedigree, Intuit and Texas Energy, Aleister’s life has gone from sitting in a California shelter to enjoying stardom since his adoption in 2008. When he’s not on set the charismatic canine shares digs with a four-pawed pal on a movie animals’ ranch in Castaic, California.


The movie about the end of the world has offered a new beginning for other pooches who portray Sorry in the new dark romantic comedy, including a dog who was facing the end of his life in a kill shelter.

Given a moniker which means “second chance,” Mulligan– who was to be euthanized on the very morning that he was rescued– was chosen to take on the job of Aleister’s┬ástunt double. Proving to be a skilled Spot, the Rover was ready to tackle his onscreen tasks after only two weeks of training.


Pulled from an animal shelter by I Care Dog Rescue, a dog dubbed Rita also acted as a double for the movie’s top dog.

Take a peek at Aleister’s acting ability in the following movie trailer, then see Seeking a Friend for the End of the World when it hits theaters on June 22nd:

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About Grace Sydney

Grace Sydney is the Assistant Editor of and, covering celebrity-related rescue news. She operates the @HollywoodDogs Twitter account sharing information on celebrity fundraising for rescues and shelters.