Toby Kebbell Talks Josh Trank’s Darker Cut of ‘Fantastic 4’




by: S. Scott Stanikmas – Senior Staff Writer

It’s been almost a year since FOX’s last Fantastic Four (or Fant4stic, if you will) film and people are still talking about how utterly bad it was. I myself thought it was very disjointed and went too far against the norm of what the characters were.

Toby Kebbell, who played Victor Von Doom in the film, was recently doing some press for his latest flick Warcraft with the Daily Beast. Instead of just trashing the final product Kebbell came to director Josh Trank’s defense:

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.

I still don’t think I would have liked it that much if it was a darker version. This isn’t Frank Miller’s Sin City or Dark Knight Returns. It’s not Dirty Harry or some old-school grindhouse flick. The Fantastic Four are a family that embody hope and the innocence of exploration and discovery. I don’t think they needed to go Dark Knight with Marvel’s First Family.

What I can sympathize with is how Kebbell was misused in the film – and I’m not just talking about his character. The actor missed press junkets for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes (a much superior film) to shoot scenes that weren’t even used after the massive re-shoots / re-edits:

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!

I missed the press tour for [Dawn of the] Planet of the Apes because I was lying under rubble, slowly rising out of the ashes to be Doctor Doom. Never made it to the film!

There are always frustrations with these tent poles. But it generally comes from the script changing, sadly enough. But I’m very proud of my work. I’m also just as heartbroken as the fans are.

At least he doesn’t sound too down about it. What happened can sour an actor on ever wanting to make these big studio films. But it seems like Kebbell knows how the game is played and all he can do is take the next role and hope for the best.

I’m just hoping that FOX gives up the rights to Marvel Studios eventually and we can (hopefully) get the Fantastic Four done the right way.

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