In Dolphin Tale, Morgan Freeman stars opposite Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and the real life inspiration for the film about a dolphin whose tail was cut off. Winter, the dolphin, was found by a little boy and taken to Freeman's character who would build the creature a prosthetic tail. It was a difficult task finding the right one and making sure it worked for Winter. The heartwarming journey to give a dolphin back his tail is captured in Dolphin Tale.
When SheKnows visited the Florida set in November 2010, we interviewed Freeman, Connick Jr. and child actors Nathan Gamble and Austin Highsmith. As the film's release date gets closer, we will bring you all of our inside access to the 3D family film, but until then, we've got a first look sneak peek!
We're also proud to present the first series of stills from Dolphin Tale throughout our preview. One of the reasons director Smith said he wanted this film to be in 3D was because of the opportunity to put the audience literally in the water with the dolphin as he successfully navigates the challenge of having a prosthetic tail. There's even an underwater scene where Gamble's Sawyer swims with Winter in an almost dance-like manner (photo above).
The scene we witnessed being filmed was when Freeman's character brings what he hopes is the perfect tail to Winter (top photo). It was a perfect moment for SheKnows to see as the scene is in many ways a turning point in the story. Will the prosthetic work? How will the dolphin take to it? We would love to tell you how it works out, but you will have to wait for the film when it arrives in theaters September 23.
You can also look forward to all of our interviews with Freeman and the rest of his committed cast as the movie's release date approaches!
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