If you were to ask Josh Trank who the villain of 2015's Fantastic Four was, he'd likely mutter something about studio interference before letting his dogs trash a rental property. The actual villain of the film in narrative terms, however, was actor Toby Kebbell, who'll be starring in Warcraft this weekend, and who had some strong words about the failed reboot.
While speaking with The Daily Beast (link below), Kebbell repeated Trank's claim from last summer that there is a "Fantastic" version of the film that we'll never get to see...
Count Kebbell among the disappointed. “Blockbusters…” he mused, cracking a sheepish smile. “Aren’t blockbusters successful?”
“I tell you, the honest truth is [Trank] did cut a great film that you’ll never see,” he said. “That is a shame. A much darker version, and you’ll never see it.”
At least he enjoyed playing Victor von Doom, putting meticulous work into tiny details before his screen time was chopped to pieces. “I spent so long figuring out an accent that was from the mid-Eastern block, generic enough to be a guy who then lived in America. I figured that out,” he grinned.
“Unfortunately,” he continued, “I played Doom in three points: Walking down a corridor, killing the doctor and getting into the time machine, and lying on the bench. They were the only times I played Doom. Everything else was some other guy, on some other day… doing some other thing. I was infuriated that he was allowed to limp like that!”
Look, there's no doubt that the version we all saw was pretty terrible, but I don't know that there was even a nugget of greatness in there anywhere. The notion of the Fantastic Four in a body horror movie is interesting, but I doubt it would have worked in the way they intended. Either way, there's a lesson here, and that's don't be a dick.
Via The Daily Beast