Last 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