Adam Sigal Talks Comedy And Insightful Approach To ‘Nandor Fodor And The Talking Mongoose’


Writer/director Adam Sigal’s Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose absolutely captivated me with its unpredictable narrative. A deft mixture of comedy and philosophical insight, the narrative centers on Nador Fodor’s (Simon Pegg) attempts to investigate whether a talking mongoose is actually real. Sigal delved into his approach in crafting this terrific feature.

Simon Pegg and Minnie Driver in “Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose” (Saban Films, Paramount Pictures)

Nandor Fodor was a real life person, and he had a celebrated career as a psychologist. Fodor’s investigation of a talking mongoose on the Isle of Man actually did happen. So although the big draw of this film lies in the comedy and its talented ensemble (it also co-stars Minnie Driver and Christopher Lloyd), Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose has a surprising level of depth.

“I definitely intended it to have some deeper meaning, for sure,” said Adam Sigal, who previously wrote and directed the 2022 feature Chariot. “When I wrote this script, I was going through a lot of deep things in my own life. Sort of the synthesis of how this script and film came about was that I heard this story about Nandor Fodor and a talking mongoose on the Isle of Man, which is ridiculous. I always thought it was a funny thing but then it wasn’t until I married it into some very personal, religious experiences that it became what it is. So there is some very important, to me at least, messages in the film.”

My review as well as the CinemAddicts podcast review of Nandor Fodor and the Talking Mongoose:

Full interview with Adam Sigal is below.

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