What Went Wrong With 'Fantastic Four' From An Actor's Perspective

What Went Wrong With 'Fantastic Four' From An Actor's Perspective

Jun 08, 2016

Toby Kebbell is the prince of performance capture, so named in a profile of the actor by The Daily Beast. Ironically, though, one of his most noteworthy roles of late didn't even use him to do his own motion-capture duties. He says most footage of the villain Dr. Doom in last year's mega-bomb Fantastic Four is not his work but "some other guy, on some other day… doing some other thing." 

He tells the site he was "infuriated" to see that other actor limping around in the climactic scenes. Kebbell reveals that, post-transformation, the only shots of Doom that are him are "walking down a corridor, killing the doctor and getting into the time machine, and lying on the bench." He also says many time-consuming shots he did wound up on the cutting room floor.

According to him, scapegoated director Josh Trank "did cut a great film that you’ll never see." He says, "That is a shame. A much darker version, and you’ll never see it." Kebbell puts the real blame on script changes, which is also to imply it's the fault of studio notes and forced alterations during production and sometimes after. "I’m just as heartbroken as the fans are," he admits.

He ought to be even more upset, though, because he did a lot of work he was proud of that also will never be appreciated. "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," he tells The Daily Beast. "I figured that out."

Meanwhile, he's moving on from the flop, continuing to be second only to Andy Serkis in his reputation for playing CG characters like Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and now the orc chief Durotan in Warcraft. Hopefully that blockbuster, which opens Friday, is more successful for both him and the fans.




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