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From Broadway to Balls (of Fury)

I doubt anyone is seriously excited about the upcoming ping-pong comedy Balls of Fury, but star Dan Fogler has made a major leap in the past year from Broadway to the big screen, and he has some interesting things to say in this Rotten TomatoesDan_fogler_balls_of_fury Q&A.

Fogler created the role of William Morris Barfee with the improv group The Farm in 2002, for the show that began as "C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E" off-off Broadway and morphed into Broadway's smash hit "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee." Fogler went on to win a Lortel, Outer Critics, Broadway World, Drama Desk and the 2005 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for the show. He also wrote and directed "Elephant In The Room!," which was accepted in this year's NY Fringe Festival.

Fogler says that his Tony-winning experience helped him prepare for the Balls of Fury press barrage at Comic-Con, but he couldn't quite define the difference between theater nerds and "regular nerds."

Dan_fogler_spelling_bee Now it seems that Fogler is focusing on his screen career before he returns to the stage, with roles in the upcoming Good Luck Chuck, Fanboys, and Horton Hears A Who. He is even slated to play Alfred Hitchcock in Chase Palmer's Number 13, co-starring Ewan McGregor and Ben Kingsley.

This week, Fogler stars as competitive ping-ponger Robert Daytona, the troubled hero who stumbles into an Enter The Dragon-style table tennis tournament in Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon's Balls of Fury. (Despite Fogler's rising star status, Christopher Walken might still be the biggest draw for most moviegoers)

- Daniel Lehman

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