“I sent a fax to her at Paramount. Dating myself,” Norton said while presenting Artios’ Hoyt Bowers Award for Excellence in Casting to the film’s casting director Deborah Aquila. “Trying to desperately say I was, [that] you saw me for this animated short in front of an independent at Sundance, or something like that, and I’d love to get in [for an audition].
“[Aquila] responded to it. I got that audition,” Norton recalled. “She was seeing thousands and thousands of people for that part. What happened, happened, and then there were lots of stories about the way it could have gone down. It started to kind of focus on me.