Don't let the candy-colored poster or Boondock's face decieve you; "Starlet" is for grown-ups. Our interview with Baker is here.
Boonee, whose proper name is Boondock, battled numerous hardships and overcame many obstacles in his short life before landing the role as the title character in Sean Baker's "Starlet." A DNA test states he is less than 5% of any one breed and had to grow up facing issues of identity and cultural acceptance.
Abandoned by his family at a mere seven weeks old, Boonee was found wandering the rough streets of Los Angeles and wound up in an animal orphanage where he was then adopted to be given as a gift to Sean Baker.
Baker initially rejected Boonee thinking the gift-giver was rude for giving a living creature as a gift. To make matters worse, as a joke, Baker named Boonee after a god-awful B-movie entitled 'The Boondock Saints.' He did this sarcastically because the rude gift-giver actually thought 'Saints' to be good.
As time passed, Baker came to see that Boonee was one special canine worth his attention. He then reneged on his decision to give up the animal. Unfortunately for Sean, he was stuck with a dog named after a god-awful B-movie. When pre-production began on "Starlet," Baker approached Boonee to gauge his interest in tackling the complex role of Starlet.
One could view his casting as nepotism, however, Sean subjected Boonee to a rigorous audition process which included Skype calls with Dree Hemingway and hanging out with adult film stars. The little mutt came very prepared for the role, having graduated at the top of his class in both Obedience at the Urban Pet Academy in Los Angeles and Tricks 101 at the Andrea Arden Dog Training Academy in New York City.
Boonee enjoyed his lead role debut and tweets about it regularly @TheRealBoonee on Twitter. He currently lives in Los Angeles and is planning on becoming a therapy dog.