Dennis Quaid, who still has a house in Austin, calls himself a ‘Texan at heart’

Dennis Quaid is a Texan through-and-through, or so he told CBS Sunday Morning this past weekend.

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 16: Actor Dennis Quaid speaks at the screening for "At Any Price" during the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW)

AUSTIN, TX – MARCH 16: Actor Dennis Quaid speaks at the screening for “At Any Price” during the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at the Paramount Theatre on March 16, 2013 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for SXSW)

In the Sunday segment, he showed CBS News correspondent Tracy Smith around his home, telling her, “This is the beginning of the Hill Country.” The movie star may have grown up in Houston, but he still has a home in Austin, which probably explains why he played a seemingly random pop-up show with his band, Dennis Quaid & the Sharks, at the Continental Club last Friday night.

Quaid is facing backlash surrounding his newest movie, “A Dog’s Purpose,” after video surfaced of possible animal abuse involving one of the dogs on the set of the movie. The actor was emotional speaking about the controversy and the ensuing boycott, teary-eyed as he told Smith, “I would never be on a set where dogs were mistreated or abused. I’m getting a little verklempt talking about it. Because it hits me. Dogs hit us in a certain place. You sleep with your dog. You watch TV with them. You take ‘em out in the car. And dogs, I think what they do for us, too, is they remind us of just the wonderful feeling of being alive. Simple as that.”

Despite the controversy, “A Dog’s Purpose” earned $18.4 million its opening weekend.

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