There’s little doubt that in the recent history of superhero movies, one of the most despised is Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four”. From a very troubled production through a complete evisceration by critics and terrible box-office, the stink on the film was high. The main actors involved, such as Miles Teller and Toby Kebbell, have been spared its troubles and gone onto other projects which look to be receiving a better response.
On a recent edition of the happysadconfused podcast, Teller spoke about “Fantastic Four” and the production’s troubles from a constantly reworked script to the backlash against the film:
“I think it was Clooney who said you can make a bad movie out of a good script, you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script, and that’s very true. If they’re telling you maybe your part’s not as big and they say, ‘Oh you’re gonna be bigger in the sequel’ or ‘Oh we’re gonna rewrite’ and ‘Yeah we’re gonna take in all these notes,’ if you’re in a position where you can say hold off I’m not signing off on this dotted line until this script is exactly where you want it, then you’re in a very fortunate position. Because I know actors that have been in literally Oscar-winning performances that told me that script was a struggle every day to get it to a place that [they] wanted it, and [they] were always fighting for the best version of it
People think that when you make something like a Fantastic Four that doesn’t do well, people think ‘Oh you phoned it in’ and it couldn’t be more untrue. You work harder on the bad films, or the films that turn out maybe not the way you intended, because something’s not working. And I thought it was kind of unjustly critiqued that way; there are even bigger bombs if you’re looking at how much money went into the production and what they reaped back. But I think it’s unfortunate a movie like that becomes a scarlet letter on a resume when so many talented people worked really hard and maybe a handful of people took it in a negative direction. But so many people worked really hard on that that are so talented.
Teller has also been linked to the “Star Wars” franchise, the actor at one time rumored to be in the running to play Han Solo for the spin-off film being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Teller isn’t on the final shortlist it seems, but he has confirmed he had auditioned for the part:
“I had never even seen any of the original Star Wars movies until maybe a month or a couple weeks before my first audition because I was like, ‘I should check this out’ [Laughs]. It holds up. I just love Harrison Ford. I think that’s a great character. I love his brand, I mean so many guys would’ve played that part so wrong and he has humor at the right times. Harrison Ford is a very big actor, when you see the facial expressions and the things he does he goes big, but he’s just always the coolest guy in the room and he’s got all of those great qualities.”
Teller has Todd Phillips’ untitled dark comedy and “Thank You For Sharing” on the way later this year.