Not even Doom can deny the will of the people.
"Fantastic Four" actor Toby Kebbell spoke with IGN recently about his experience playing Doctor Doom in this summer's box-office dud, the role audiences play in deciding a movie's fate, and the way a high-profile flop can affect an actor's career.
Speaking candidly, Kebbell was asked about the film's underwhelming reception, critically and commercially. "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," he explained.
Quite unlike a Latverian dictator, Kebbell was grateful for the feedback. "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. 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, and I can only appreciate honesty."
"Fantastic Four" saw negative reviews and bad press, especially after reports of strife between director Josh Trank and Fox studio heads surfaced. Even if the fans weren't wrong, Kebbell went on, those tasked with producing a potential blockbuster are effected for longer than the mere runtime of a bad moviegoing experience.
"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."
Watch more of Kebbell's remarks in the video below.
"Fantastic Four 2" had been slated for a June 2017 release, but rumors have it that the movie has been delayed if not scrapped.