Toby Kebbell Talks ‘Fantastic Four’; Says There’s A Great Cut Of The Film That You’ll Never See

maxresdefaultLast year’s Fantastic Four reboot is definitely an interesting one. While the film was thrashed by critics and audiences alike, it deep down feels like there was another film hiding in there. Personally, I was a fan of the first two acts before it made a “time jump” and felt like a completely different film full of obvious reshoots. Was it poor direction on Josh Trank’s end? Studio interference?

It’s likely that we’ll never know the full truth when it comes to this one but while speaking with The Daily Beast, one of the film’s stars makes it sound like it might have been the studio being unsure of the film’s tone and stepping in. According to Toby Kebbell, who played Victor Von Doom, there’s a great cut of the film out there that won’t see the light of day.

“I tell you, the honest truth is [Trank] did cut a great film that you’ll never see. That is a shame. A much darker version, and you’ll never see it.”

Kebbell was also disappointed with the final product due to the amount of work that he put into the role and how much of that didn’t make it into the final cut. He added the following regarding that.

“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. Unfortunately, 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!”

While he is disappointed, the actor went on to say that there are “always frustrations with these tent poles” which usually “comes from the script changing”. However, the actor went on to state that despite frustrations, he is very proud of his work on the film but is “just as heartbroken as the fans are” when it came to the final product that was released into theaters. Sound off with your thoughts on Kebbell’s comments in the section below.

Source: The Daily Beast

  • Jake Bucsko

    I’m open to the idea that there’s a better cut of the film somewhere, mostly because it sure as cuss can’t get much worse. But a big part of the problem was the grimdark approach in the first place, so making it even more uberdark doesn’t seem like we’re fixing the issue at hand here.

    I was very interested in his other comments about when he actually got to play Doom. From what he’s saying, everything on Planet Zero or whatever wasn’t actually him. He was unavailable during all the reshoots, I guess? That could mean that the entire original finale was scrapped and reshot, which would certainly explain why it was so awful and abrupt. Maybe one day it’ll accidentally leak online.

    • Chris W

      I liked the dark tone that it was supposed to have. The only part of the film I enjoyed was the Cronenberg sequence when they were transforming.

      • Jake Bucsko

        You liked 45 seconds out of 100 minutes

        • Chris W

          Yep.

    • rogbngp

      I’m probably the one person in the universe that likes this film. A lot actually, at least up until “one year later.” At that point the film seems to enter the N Zone prematurely (metaphorically speaking, regarding its editing and cohesiveness)! Then the film apparently goes onto the operating table and gets butchered by a different set of hands in the editing room. Anyway, despite the critical and (piling on) fanbase narrative that got spun about FF being grim or dark, or having horror film overtones, etc., I didn’t really experience it that way. I thought that emotionally the film actually had a pretty bright and lighthearted tone. There was was quite a bit of humorous banter between Reed, Sue, Johnny, Ben, and Victor. The setup was mainly like these brilliant but naive kids were so full of optimism and enthusiasm they have no idea what they’re getting themselves into. I liked those young astronauts for that, they were endearing to me. I really want to see this film as Trank intended it. If we ever do get to see it, I will not be surprised if it rates a B+ or possible even A- in quality. And I say that because the 2/3 of the film that clearly does seem to be edited by Trank is actually very well put together and interesting to watch. It’s a matter of personal taste whether one likes the Ultimate concept. Personally, I loved seeing this younger cast, and I was rooting for them. The ending is a mess, it’s true. The N Zone footage that Trank shot may well not have worked out quite as Trank hoped. But the reshoots the studio apparently did without Trank are a complete and utter train wreck. Between Trank and now Kebell both saying that Trank’s version was much better, I do find that believable.

  • Derek Wiles

    I say release it, it wouldnt hurt fox to make a little bit of money off of FF

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  • Axxell

    Riiight…

  • Chris Aytes

    Then again, he was told not to read the comics, so he probably doesn’t have a grasp of what a good FF movie would entail.

  • Trevor

    It seems strange that a studio that was so flexible with Ryan Reynolds and Tim Miller on Deadpool was smothering this project. Then again…Ryan Reynolds had to leak Deadpool before Fox even let them have an inch of creative leniency. Maybe Josh Trank does need to leak his cut. Maybe that’s the only way for somebody to have true creative control at Fox.

    • ieyke

      Deadpoll happened completely IN SPITE of Fox.
      Fant4stic happened because Fox was rushing to make another garbage FF movie just too keep the rights.

  • UnBoxingJon

    Was there a time machine that I missed?

  • ieyke

    Was there a version with Doctor Doom in it?
    Or was it always the villainous Garbage Mummy?