Dennis Quaid played the brash Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper in the 1983 film “The Right Stuff.” Now he’s starring in a new movie some animal rights activists are saying is the wrong stuff.

You might say that Dennis Quaid has been a bit overwhelmed lately.

Quaid, who is a dog owner in real life, wasn’t in the water scene and had nothing to do with that part of the production.

On weekend nights, like this past Friday, he plays local clubs with his band, Dennis Quaid & the Sharks.

Dennis Quaid has created some of the most memorable characters on film, from the charmingly crooked cop in “The Big Easy,” to a rail-thin Doc Holliday in “Wyatt Earp.”.

Quaid played his boyhood hero, astronaut Gordon “Gordo” Cooper.

Quaid said, “The cocaine days were fun. Yeah, because cocaine, but it was, like, it’s fun. That it’s fun with problems. And then it’s just problems. So it had gotten to the problem stage.”

“You appreciate life when you go through something like that,” Quaid said.

Quaid calls her his rock, and says she taught him to get through the dark times by keeping his eyes on the light ahead. Smith asked, “Are you optimistic?”.