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Toby Kebbell on negative reaction to Fantastic Four: "The fans aren't wrong"

11.09.2015

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Toby Kebbell talked about the FANTASTIC FOUR's critical and box office failures for the very first time during an interview with IGN, and instead of blaming fans or shitting on them for coming down hard on the reboot, the actor said he appreciated their honest reactions to the movie.

I was disappointed, but the fans aren't wrong. The fans want what they want to see and if they don't get satisfaction, they let you know. I appreciate that as a performer. My job is to come in and perform as best I can, and hopefully be directed in that path, and I felt like I was. I felt like the film was going to go well. It didn't turn out that the fans felt that way, so their reaction is honest, I can only appreciate honesty.

Kebbell went on to say he didn't really learn anything from playing Doctor Doom that could be used for future roles, while also kind of hinting at the well-documented behind-the-scenes drama that plague the production.

I don't know if I learned anything from Doom apart from perhaps when I see something I don't agree with, to voice that immediately. I think it's important. As an actor, you're conscious that your career is at stake with each job, especially on these larger productions. A film like that comes out, and I'm being sent maybe four scripts in a week, and those scripts go to zero when it doesn't come out successful, so that actively affects my career. I think it's vitally important that if there's a problem on set, that it's voiced and we solve it there and I think that collaboration is very important. Not to say that didn't happen on set, but the collaboration is vital and if we don't do that, then we suffer.

I certainly don't blame Kebbell (or the rest of the cast, for that matter) for how FANTASTIC FOUR turned out, and it's unfortunate that he might not be getting as many scripts to check out now because of the movie's failures. It doesn't sound like he regrets doing FF though, and since he's a talented actor, I doubt the film will have a lasting negative impact on his career.

FANTASTIC FOUR will hit DVD and Blu-ray on December 15, 2015.

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9:36AM on 11/10/2015
I think it's crazy how it's become the go-to response to say Trank completely messed up - when just going from the sheer number of scenes that were shot and evidenced in the trailer, and then hacked out of the final version (including apparently at least 3 main action sequences), and then seeing Trank's comments/reaction after the film's release, it seems way more likely that the problems with the final film are as a result of studio interference hammering a director who didn't have the clout
I think it's crazy how it's become the go-to response to say Trank completely messed up - when just going from the sheer number of scenes that were shot and evidenced in the trailer, and then hacked out of the final version (including apparently at least 3 main action sequences), and then seeing Trank's comments/reaction after the film's release, it seems way more likely that the problems with the final film are as a result of studio interference hammering a director who didn't have the clout yet to tell them to back off. I guess we'll never know for sure until someone properly speaks out about it 10 years down the line.
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9:04PM on 11/09/2015

I really like him....

I still haven't seen the movie, but he said all the right things concerning caring about the characters and fans, and every time I've seen him he comes across like a good guy. I didn't want the film to be bad because of any of the actors, but he was the only one I saw who seemed like a good fit for his character (also possibly Jordan, who could definitely pull off the cocky but talented pilot). But I like all of the actors in their other roles (except Jamie Bell, who I still have no idea who
I still haven't seen the movie, but he said all the right things concerning caring about the characters and fans, and every time I've seen him he comes across like a good guy. I didn't want the film to be bad because of any of the actors, but he was the only one I saw who seemed like a good fit for his character (also possibly Jordan, who could definitely pull off the cocky but talented pilot). But I like all of the actors in their other roles (except Jamie Bell, who I still have no idea who he is), especially Mara who I feel really bad for.

Hopefully they don't try to fix this and just let it die. There's no way to salvage what they did to the story.
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12:45PM on 11/09/2015

Plenty of blame to go around

You can't really blame the actors, they are solid but may have lacked the chemistry to pull this off. Trank turned out to be a complete diva(supposedly), but I place sole responsibility for this disaster on the studio. This is what happens when they are about to lose the rights to marvel and want to keep it in house. I loved trank's chronicle, nice movie not great but he deserved a chance at a big tentpole. Too bad he blew it. I think he could still helm a franchise film and none other than
You can't really blame the actors, they are solid but may have lacked the chemistry to pull this off. Trank turned out to be a complete diva(supposedly), but I place sole responsibility for this disaster on the studio. This is what happens when they are about to lose the rights to marvel and want to keep it in house. I loved trank's chronicle, nice movie not great but he deserved a chance at a big tentpole. Too bad he blew it. I think he could still helm a franchise film and none other than spiderman would have been the best one, especially with the high school direction they are taking it. Sounds crazy but he did coming of age and pressure in high school with chronicle and he would have found similar success there instead of the family unit. Hindsight though right?
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10:55AM on 11/09/2015
He's a class act. He didn't outright blame the film and he didn't blame the fans.

He's a class act. He didn't outright blame the film and he didn't blame the fans.

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11:37AM on 11/09/2015
"when I see something I don't agree with, to voice that immediately." Sounds like he seen some stuff while making the movie, he just didn't want to be fired. That one quote is very, very telling.
"when I see something I don't agree with, to voice that immediately." Sounds like he seen some stuff while making the movie, he just didn't want to be fired. That one quote is very, very telling.
10:51AM on 11/09/2015
I like him as an actor, now I respect him as a sane human being by putting some distance between himself and the film saying this. if he spoke up, he may have been replaced, but he wouldn't have this stinker on his filmography.
I like him as an actor, now I respect him as a sane human being by putting some distance between himself and the film saying this. if he spoke up, he may have been replaced, but he wouldn't have this stinker on his filmography.
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10:45AM on 11/09/2015
Not his fault. He didn't have a chance in hell with how that role was written. Shame because the character has a far richer backstory that the crap presented in the film.
Not his fault. He didn't have a chance in hell with how that role was written. Shame because the character has a far richer backstory that the crap presented in the film.
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10:36AM on 11/09/2015
Out of everyone who was cast, I think he was the only one one who wasn't sorely miscast for their respected character.
Out of everyone who was cast, I think he was the only one one who wasn't sorely miscast for their respected character.
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10:07AM on 11/09/2015
I admit that I never read Ultimate Fantastic Four and was disappointed with the movie, especially how Doctor Doom looks in the movie. Was the movie entertaining? It's somewhat entertaining. My nephew enjoyed it more than I do. I felt stressed while watching this new Fantastic Four. Maybe because I grew up with old Fantastic Four comics and 1994 / 1996 cartoon series. To me, Fantastic Four supposes to be light-hearted and fun for the whole family. This new Fantastic Four just wasn't.
I admit that I never read Ultimate Fantastic Four and was disappointed with the movie, especially how Doctor Doom looks in the movie. Was the movie entertaining? It's somewhat entertaining. My nephew enjoyed it more than I do. I felt stressed while watching this new Fantastic Four. Maybe because I grew up with old Fantastic Four comics and 1994 / 1996 cartoon series. To me, Fantastic Four supposes to be light-hearted and fun for the whole family. This new Fantastic Four just wasn't.
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10:06AM on 11/09/2015
I did plan to see this movie but ended up watching Ant-Man again after my 12 year old said, "Dad, I heard the reviews were bad, lets not watch this" :o). Can't say how good Kebbell was but then Evans and Chiklis did justice to their characters but that wasn't enough to save their movie from not being very memorable either.
I did plan to see this movie but ended up watching Ant-Man again after my 12 year old said, "Dad, I heard the reviews were bad, lets not watch this" :o). Can't say how good Kebbell was but then Evans and Chiklis did justice to their characters but that wasn't enough to save their movie from not being very memorable either.
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9:43AM on 11/09/2015

I too hope this doesn't affect his career.

He didn't have much to do in the movie, so I didn't blame him. Also, he gave one of the best performances (animated or not) of 2014 in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, so he does have talent.
He didn't have much to do in the movie, so I didn't blame him. Also, he gave one of the best performances (animated or not) of 2014 in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, so he does have talent.
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