Is Lucky the Pizza Dog in ‘Hawkeye’ Really Only One Eyed?
While Kate Bishop, played by Hailee Steinfeld in the Disney(plus) Marvel series Hawkeye, is a fan favorite, someone else stole the show.
Lucky, the Pizza Dog, with one eye, charmed her way into the hearts of the audience right away.
Is Lucky the Pizza Dog’s eye really missing, or was it removed during post-production by the Hawkeye cast and crew?
Director Rhys Thomas considered using CGI for the dog, but instead cast the golden retriever Jolt as the animal actor.
In real life, however, Jolt, the actor who plays Lucky the Pizza Dog, has both eyes.
“With Jolt, our dogs had to go through an audition process.
Thomas told the Hollywood Reporter, “Jolt did an amazing job.”
“The dog must perform certain tasks in a specific manner.
“She was fantastic.”
Lucky the Pizza Dog, the furry companion of Jeremy Renner’s Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye, and Hailee Steinfeld’s Kate Bishop, joins the two archers on their adventure.
Editors did, however, add one of Lucky’s most distinguishing features digitally.
Working with animals, on the other hand, can be challenging.
Some filmmakers choose to use CGI instead of a real animal.
Thomas later admitted, “I was definitely dubious, and I had images of a CG dog.”
“I honestly can’t recall a single instance where Jolt caused us to lose time.
“She had it under control.”
However, real animals have appeared in Marvel’s Avengers films and television shows, such as Goose the catFlerken in Captain Marvel and Wally the Alligator in Loki, which inspired the character ‘Alligator Loki.’
When asked if Jolt wore a green eyepatch to play Lucky the Pizza Dog in Hawkeye, Thomas said he thought about it.
This holiday season, HE is the center of attention.
He then revealed, “No, I asked the same question.”
“I was told that if we covered her eye, she would probably walk in circles.”
Instead, Hawkeye’s editors went with the flow to give the impression that Jolt only had one eye.
And the Marvel director was blown away.
“Those wizards,” Thomas said, “we’d shoot a scene with Jolt.”
“And then the visual effects team would come in and take all of the lighting references and everything they needed from each camera setup and go in after the fact and track this different eye.”
It’s a time-consuming process of tracking this thing down frame by frame.”
While Jolt underwent some digital surgery to give her the Lucky the Pizza Dog look…
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