Dan Fogler Talks Surreal Audition for Fantastic Beasts

Dan Fogler talks about how surreal it was to audition for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

It’s been a busy week on the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them front. Not only did we get a full trailer, but Warner Brothers closed their CinemaCon presentation with the movie’s November release. On hand to help promote the movie to theater owners nationwide was most of the core cast: Eddie Redmayne, Alison Sudol and Dan Fogler.

We’re heard much from Redmayne on the movie’s creation, but not much from Fogler, who is cast as the movie’s resident Muggle…err, no-maj. As the non magical’s viewer’s surrogate for stepping into this insane world that’s been just out of sight for him his whole life, what does he think of the movie?

Speaking to Collider, Fogler had quite a bit to say, it turns out. Including how massive the production was to him, describing his own role as “one very small cog in this massive machine.”

As for auditioning, it was “surreal.”

The process was I went in and I auditioned in New York and I did it and I was like… I went in there in like a costume, a patchwork hat and suspenders, and I didn’t look right at all but I felt right, ya know? I went in there and I was like ‘I nailed it. I f–king nailed it, man’. And I got out of there and I didn’t hear anything and then I forgot about it and it’s like the old thing where the ‘train always comes when you light your cigarette’, as soon as I forgot about it they were like ‘man they want to see you again’, so I flew out to London and I did the screen test with Eddie and Alison and I felt really good about it.

Actually, no, I went to L.A and there was another test and they were just like we love you, we really like you, and then nothing happened! I was like ‘what is going on?’! So, I saw that they were auditioning all these other guys that I’m always in competition with and I was just ‘aw man, it was close’ and then I went out to London and did the screen test and they were like ‘okay, we’re going to look at a lot more people, and then if we do call you it’ll be another screen test’. I was like, damn!

But not to worry–he got the part anyway, a fact he learned at last year’s San Diego Comic Con. Let’s just hope he got word before everyone else did. (The news broke while he was there.) he says that he’s expects to attend this year as well and it to be “a very different experience.”

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them arrives in theaters this coming November 18th.