'Ender’s Game': Fletcher’s big beginning

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Dawson Fletcher, who enjoyed his big-screen debut in "Ender's Game" last weekend, played the role of a Halloween prankster in a recent episode of ABC's "The Goldbergs."

Special to The Log
Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 12:09 PM.

Destin native Dawson Fletcher recently celebrated his big screen debut at an early screening of “Ender’s Game” in California.

Millions of moviegoers followed, as the adaptation of the beloved sci-fi novel starring Harrison Ford took over the No. 1 spot at the box office by making $28 million in North America in its opening weekend.

Fletcher said the movie was very well received by the screening audience.

“It being a sci-fi movie, I wasn’t really sure if the jokes would really land, but they laughed quite hard a few times,” Fletcher told The Log. “It was good to see.”

Though his on-screen role in the film is small, Fletcher spent four months, a lot longer than he expected, on the set of “Ender’s Game.” His character, a member of an army of teens trained to fight an enemy alien race, starts the movie as a trainee and works his way up in the ranks. Much like the character, Fletcher spent a lot of time over the four months in military and stunt training.

“They tried to stay true to the book. In the book, a lot of characters move on, say, to the Dragon Army,” Fletcher said.

Working with an acting legend like Harrison Ford was a big learning experience, Fletcher said. One of the biggest lessons, he said, was how much time Ford spent in character.



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