Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol: On Imagination and “Fantastic Beasts”
During the Fantastic Beasts roundtable discussions earlier today, Dan Fogler and Alison Sudol had a lot to say about how imagination plays into their work on the film. The pair discussed using magic, reacting to creatures that aren’t there, and the importance of imagination. Sudol, who portrays Queenie in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, spoke in great length about the challenge that came with acting around all the fantastic beasts:
It takes a lot of imagination, but I mean, that’s a wonderful thing to tap into as an adult.
Expanding on that, Sudol recalled the first time magic was introduced to her in the movie.
The cooking scene was the first time that there was any sort of magic in the movie for us as actors. It was really early on in the [filming].
The actress expanded more about this scene and how she managed to figure out magic. It went beyond waving a wand. There is a real complexity to both the magic in the movie and the stuff that happens on the set.
With doing magic, you don’t just go like, ‘Dinner.’ You’re casting all the different spells for everything to do the work, but you’re still doing that. […] We all had to coordinate that between us as a group so that we’re not in different scenes. And it was really amazing as an exercise […] We just all connected in that moment in how we were going to do this from that moment on.
Her costar Dan Fogler, who portrays the No-Maj Jacob Kowalski, expanded on his favorite scene with imagination, which is the first time he opens the case.
And I was like, ‘Where do I look? Where do I look?’ […] And they were just like, ‘No, no, no, you look wherever you want,’ and the technology is so caught up now, they can just work it to how you’re looking.
He discussed how freeing it was, not being tied down with the importance of looking in a certain place, and how that encouraged him to improvise and add bits to his performance.
The importance of imagination is understated when it comes to acting, especially in a movie where the characters aren’t acting with real creatures, but these two actors took it in great stride and made sure that they were working together to bring home the most believable magic they could make with their imaginations.
With a movie filled with so much magic, we’ll be meeting plenty of new creatures in just a few weeks! Which beasts are you most excited to see brought to life on the big screen?