The reboot of the “Fantastic Four” franchise was a disaster on most levels, be it critical or commercial, and much has been written since about the politics behind-the-scenes involving the film’s director Josh Trank and various 20th Century Fox executives.
Now, one of the actors involved in the film has talked about the situation. Toby Kebbell, who played the villain Dr. Doom, spoke with IGN about the film and discussed the fan reaction to this take on the property:
“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.”
The film has pulled in a worldwide gross of just $167.9 million so far, and has yet to debut on home video or VOD. Kebbell was asked about whether he had learned anything playing Doctor Doom, his response tied back in to the troubles on the set of the film’s production:
“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.”
At present, Fox has not canceled its intended Summer 2017 release for a “Fantastic Four” sequel though its quiet axing has a good chance of happening sometime in the near future.