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Dan Fogler on Fanboys

Published February 5, 2009 in Movie Interviews
By Fred Topel | Image property of TWC
Dan Fogler plays one of the title Fanboys. The tribute to Star Wars fandom incorporated real camps of fans. It was like fanboy boot camp.

Fogler Leads the Fanboys

"We hung out with the actual fanboys, all these crews of guys who get together and make their own costumes," Fogler said. "They made all the costumes for us in the movie so we went to several parties where we would hang out with them and they would come to set all the time. They would have their own Toyota made into an X-wing fighter with perfect detailing. You sit in side and you'd feel like you're in an X-wing in this Toyota. Yeah, we would go to these parties and I would just sit and watch them observe and there were different even hierarchies within them where you'd have all the guys who were walking around polishing their storm trooper helmets. Just polishing, just making them perfect."

Fogler actually found the basis for his character, Hutch, at one of these gatherings. "I come up to this guy and he had his back to me. I was like, 'Hey dude, what are you doing?' He was getting stuff from the smorgasbord and he was like, 'Aw, man, these guys, they're so nerdy with their storm trooper helmets. I can't believe they all brought their storm trooper helmets.' He turns around and he's got a Boba Fett helmet. 'Dorks.' I was like this guy is perfect. Somehow he was cooler because he had Boba Fett."

Fanboys Fanboys

When it came to Fanboys, Fogler felt no reference was too obscure. "Maybe like a Salacious Crumb reference or two. 'Looks like Salacious Crumb.' I don't know, I think the die hard fans would really get a lot of the stuff. They really made sure that they catered to [them]. Actually, the original script was filled with all [references], they had to tone that down because it was like they were speaking binary. It was intense. It sounded like another language but I think that we did a really good job of trying to make it palatable for everybody."

It turns out, Fogler was a genuine fanboy himself, and his childhood memories resurfaced during filming. "Oh, it all came flooding back. When I was a kid, I collected all the Star Wars toys and G.I. Joe and Transformers and everything. Then taking the role on, I've often said Hutch could have been me in a parallel universe. If I didn’t get into acting, if I just stayed with my passion, my passion became Star Wars, it could have been very much me as the guy who wanted to very much escape into his childhood. So once we started doing the movie, I frequented comic book stores all the time, got all sorts of toys, started collecting figures, put them all up in my trailer, posters, head to toe, from ceiling to floor. It very much resembled my room when I was a kid growing up. I wanted to have that feeling every time I came back from break."

Fanboys opens to theaters on February 6th.

For the posters, trailers and more movie info, go to the Fanboys Movie Page.
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