It has been some time since we last heard anything new from the folks who made the new ‘Fantastic Four‘ movie this past summer, which had felt like a relief after the pummeling the studio and director got in the media for all of the mistakes made. Now, one of the cast members speaks for the first time about his experience on the set of the summer blockbuster. Toby Kebbell, who played the villainous Doctor Doom, spoke about the strong reactions to the completed film, and hinted about some of the behind-the-scenes drama that may be responsible for the lackluster quality of the film:
“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.”
I appreciate the fact that Kebbell attempts to speak about what happened tactfully, and unlike the director and the studio, is not looking to throw anyone under the bus. From his comments, it seems that there were some apprehensions on set about what was going on, doubts that were never spoke of, that Kebbell now wishes he and his co-workers had addressed. Clearly he knows it is too late at this point to do anything about it, but it seems the actor is going to take what he learned on the set of ‘Fantastic Four’ and use that experience to make him a better actor, and collaborator, and I appreciate that kind of attitude.
What are your thoughts on Kebbell’s comments? Check out the video with the full interview below, and then share your opinions in the comments!
Source: Comic Book Movie