Doctor Who’s Matt Smith: how I was cast by Ryan Gosling

The sci-fi star explains how he landed the part in Gosling's directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster


The Doctor himself, Matt Smith, has explained how he come to be cast in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster. The Doctor Who star, who’s currently filming the show’s 50th anniversary, joins Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks in a fantasy noir about a single mum in search of her missing child.


“I was in New York and I was about to fly back, and then I got a phone call saying Ryan wanted to meet me and come over. So I read his film and I thought it was brilliant.”

“And then I auditioned and we spent about four hours together doing some stuff, and he filmed it on his iPhone. And that was it. And now I’m going off to shoot it in a couple of weeks,” he told Total Film.

“I’m really excited. I think he’s really clever, and I think it’s going to be an exciting project.”

Beyond a part that was cut from 2007’s In Bruges and a starring role in low-budget indie flick, Womb, in 2010, this marks Smith’s biggest break-through into the big screen – and his first attempt at acting with an American accent.


He added that How To Catch A Monster, which is expected to be released in 2014, “has a wonderful Lynch-ian quality to it.”