Stranger Things relies heavily on the interpersonal dynamics of its characters, a key aspect of storytelling made possible by the combined efforts of a talented ensemble cast. Finding the right actors to portray each of the characters was a tedious process (via YouTube). Casting young actors who could handle the demands of the story and handle the hectic filming schedule was a challenge. In addition, the children’s friendship serves as the basis for a complex fantasy narrative. Luckily, the Duffer brothers knew right away who they would cast as Dustin Henderson.
“The minute we saw Gaten [Matarazzo]who plays Dustin, we actually removed him from the first tape he sent, ”said Matt Duffer in an interview with the magazine New York Times. “When you see someone like Gaten and he’s so popular, you just say, ‘This guy, we put him on the show, 100 percent.'”
Throughout the series, Dustin has been instrumental in combating the evil lurking in the Upside Down, whether it be by detecting magnetic fields or singing the title theme from The Neverending Story, which was by far one of the show’s best uses of music. . Matarazzo fully epitomizes the character’s intellect and good-natured determination, delivering a grounded game that stays the same every season.