It seems like only yesterday that we were eagerly looking forward to just how badly Fantastic Four was going to bomb at the box office. Ungenerous? Sure, but looking back, no one was really expecting anything revolutionary, or even satisfactory, about Josh Trank‘s rebooted effort around Marvel’s First Family. There hasn’t been much in the way of mea culpas following the astounding thud of FF’s release, a lot of blame being thrown around, but no one’s really acknowledged just how hard the hammer fell back in August. In a strange twist, the actor that played Doctor Doom is saying that he understands your disappointment, and he’s grateful for your feedback.
While talking to IGN, Toby Kebbell spoke candidly about what the heck happened with Trank’s Fantastic Four…
“I was disappointed, but the fans aren’t wrong. The fans want what they want to see and if they don’t get satisfaction, they let you know. I appreciate that as a performer. My job is to come in and perform as best I can, and hopefully be directed in that path, and I felt like I was. I felt like the film was going to go well. It didn’t turn out that the fans felt that way, so their reaction is honest, I can only appreciate honesty.”
“I don’t know if I learned anything from Doom apart from perhaps when I see something I don’t agree with, to voice that immediately. I think it’s important. As an actor, you’re conscious that your career is at stake with each job, especially on these larger productions. A film like that comes out, and I’m being sent maybe four scripts in a week, and those scripts go to zero when it doesn’t come out successful, so that actively affects my career. I think it’s vitally important that if there’s a problem on set, that it’s voiced and we solve it there and I think that collaboration is very important. Not to say that didn’t happen on set, but the collaboration is vital and if we don’t do that, then we suffer.”
TL; DR: It didn’t work out, I’m glad it didn’t completely ruin my life.
Seriously though, it seems as if Kebbell’s inferring some of the previously stated problems on the set of Fantastic Four in that it was a production seemingly out of control. To Kebbell’s credit, I think he did a decent job as Doom, or at least the version of Doom he was hired to play in Trank’s film. He was no worse than Julian McMahon, in fact an argument could be made that he’s actually better than the Nip/Tuck Doom job that McMahon was doing. Was that good enough? Nope, but we appreciate his candor.
In the mean time, look for more Kebbell in the upcoming Warcraft, Ben-Hur and Kong: Skull Island.
Source: Comic Book Movie