“Seabiscuit,” also produced by Kennedy, is a 2003 film directed by Gary Ross (“The Hunger Games,” “Free State of Jones”), one of many nominated for that year’s Academy Award. locked clean. scan “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.” Out of seven nominations, “Seabiscuit” earned zero. However, because of the overwhelming amount of horse action in that film, the animal entanglement is one of the film’s biggest scenes. She recalls the giant animal set “Seabiscuit” clearly:
“It’s one of the biggest departments on the movie, with 200 to 300 people. Sometimes you’ll have 180 to 280 horses in a scene. You’ll have hawkers and chauffeurs to carry the horses and stay awake. feed, to set up mobile stables, veterinarians and all the others handle the furniture and make-up of the horses.”
Kennedy, having worked with such a hugely controversial department, was able to pair his connections directly with Spielberg’s film, accessing many of the same horses to audition for the part. As it turns out, the horses for “Seabiscuit” were purchased for use in the film and then sold to trainers. However, one of the trainers still had one of the Seabiscuit horse actors, and that horse was good enough. Kennedy and his trainer reunite, and Joey is chosen.
“We bought horses for ‘Seabiscuit’, then we sold them – and Bobby Lovgren, our head coach [on ‘War Horse’], bought Finder. He turned out to be one of the best horses Bobby had ever worked with, so he brought Finder to England. “
https://www.slashfilm.com/948675/steven-spielberg-had-some-convenient-help-casting-the-titular-role-for-war-horse/ Steven Spielberg had some convenient help to star in War Horse