Dan Fogler is the funniest American actor you’ve possibly never heard of. Or it’s even possible that you’ve seen him in a movie and laughed your butt off at his performance, but still don’t know his name.
The film (and I call it a “film” very loosely) where Dan Fogler really stood out is Balls of Fury, which if you haven’t see, go out and watch it today. In addition to Fogler, the movie about a young Ping Pong champion’s redemption stars Christopher Walken, Maggie Q, and George Lopez. If you couldn’t tell by now, it’s a comedy. If you like “dumb” comedy, then you will love this movie, and the reason you will love it is because of Dan Fogler’s performance. He’s hilarious–that’s all there is to it.
The thing about him is you can tell he’s very very smart, even as he’s playing a dumbed down role. He’s a comedian who understands physical comedy and has incredible comic timing–two things that Jim Carrey also has (as do all the other great comedy actors). It’s not that Fogler is obscure or unknown at this point, it’s just that he hasn’t had a HUGE breakout role yet.
In addition to Balls of Fury (which you may also want to see just to see Maggie Q), Fogler had a big role in Fan Boys, the movie about a group of Star Wars obsessed dudes who take a hysterical road trip. You may also remember his sidekick role in Good Luck Chuck, where he stole every scene he was in from the far less talented Dane Cook. Showing his multifaceted talents, Dan (I guess we can be on a first name basis at this point) also has lent his voice to such high profile animated films as Horton Hears a Who (which starred Jim Carrey) and Kung Fu Panda for Disney.
Fogler has several movies coming out this year: Don Peyote, Barely Lethal, and Living the Dream. They all sound perfect. He’s also appeared in an episode of The Goldbergs, starring Jeff Garlin. Here’s what Dan Fogler had to say about his independent movie Don Peyote in an interview for Crave Online:
“I wanted to do something that was personal and that would show more aspects of my ability. I wanted to make people cry. I want to make ’em laugh. I wanted to sing, I wanted to dance. I just basically put everything I can do into the movie.”
This quote gets to why I really like this actor. He may do somewhat buffoonish things, but in the similar tradition of guys like Chris Farley and Will Ferrell, he has some depth behind the silly things he does. There’s a lot of talent to this guy and I admire that. Being funny is probably the hardest thing to do as an actor, so it stands to reason that actors like Fogler who are funny as heck can also do good dramatic work.
Look for big things from Dan Fogler, truly one of the funniest actors you may never have heard of.
Learn more about Dan at his IMDB page.