“Fantastic Four” has always struggled in Hollywood — and “Doctor Strange” star Mads Mikkelsen knew right from his audition that it just wasn’t for him.
Asked if he’d ever walked out on an audition, Mikkelsen told ShortList, “I think I walked out on the ‘Fantastic Four’ one. I think I actually said, ‘I can’t do it. It’s not about you, I’m sorry, this is wrong.'”
“I’ve had tons of them. We’ve all been there. We all show up and it’s a little office room with a desk and some books and they want you to do a scene where you have two lines — maybe not even two lines — maybe just ‘Bleurgh!’ or ‘Get back!’ And you’re hiding behind a palm tree that’s not there. It’s like, ‘Guys, couldn’t you have picked a different kind of scene to this? This is fucking mad.’ You feel like an idiot,” Mikkelsen said of his other negative experiences auditioning.
Mikkelsen has previously spoken about feeling embarrassed at his “Fantastic Four” audition when he was asked to fake extending his arms like Mr. Fantastic, but this is the first indication he’s given that he ended the tryout early.
Mikkelsen’s role as the villain Le Chiffre in 2006’s “Casino Royale” helped catapult him to stardom. More recently, he’s played Dr. Hannibal Lecter in Bryan Fuller’s cult series “Hannibal” and Galen Erso in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.” The Danish-born actor is no stranger to comic book movies, having played the evil sorcerer Kaecilius in last year’s “Doctor Strange.”
Written by Stan Lee and drawn by Jack Kirby, the titular team first appeared in 1961’s “The Fantastic Four #1.” Developed as a counterpoint to DC’s tremendously popular “Justice League of America,” Lee and Kirby’s creation is one of Marvel’s most important comics. In creating it, Lee and Kirby pioneered the “Marvel Method,” which involves an artist first drawing the story from a pre-planned synopsis and then having the writer fill in the story’s captions and dialogue.
“Fantastic Four” opened to overwhelmingly negative reviews and left theaters as a commercial flop. While certainly not the first “Fantastic Four” movie to receive negative reviews, Trank’s reboot is the franchise’s biggest failure. Despite this negative reception, both Miles Teller, who played Mr. Fantastic, and Kate Mara, who played the Invisible Woman, have expressed interest in returning for a sequel. However, Fox dropped the sequel film from its release schedule back in 2015.