Fox’s recent Fantastic Four reboot wasn’t what most people would call a good movie. As much flack as the previous Fantastic Four films got, Fant4stic managed to prove that there was definitely a worse direction for Marvel’s First Family to head in.
Actor Miles Teller has been dealing with the fallout of the Fantastic Four reboot since before the film was released. He recently went into detail about some of the problems with the film, admitting that things definitely went south while still defending the work that went into it.
Speaking on the happysadconfused podcast, Teller explained that the problem basically came down to a bad script. Teller’s comments suggest he might not have been happy with the script when he signed on, but felt the opportunity and potential of the film was such that it was difficult to pass up. Constant changes to the script made things worse instead of better, resulting in the film that eventually hit the screen.
“I think it was Clooney who said you can make a bad movie out of a good script, you can’t make a good movie out of a bad script, and that’s very true. If they’re telling you maybe your part’s not as big and they say, ‘Oh you’re gonna be bigger in the sequel’ or ‘Oh we’re gonna rewrite’ and ‘Yeah we’re gonna take in all these notes,’ if you’re in a position where you can say hold off I’m not signing off on this dotted line until this script is exactly where you want it, then you’re in a very fortunate position. Because I know actors that have been in literally Oscar-winning performances that told me that script was a struggle every day to get it to a place that [they] wanted it, and [they] were always fighting for the best version of it.”
(It’s also worth noting that the quote attributed to Clooney was paraphrased from Akira Kurosawa.)
Teller was careful not to point fingers and single anyone out as being part of the problem, though. He explained that a lot of people worked hard on the film, and that he thought the crew usually worked harder on bad films trying to make things good than they do on movies where everything just clicks.
“People think that when you make something like a Fantastic Four that doesn’t do well, people think ‘Oh you phoned it in’ and it couldn’t be more untrue. You work harder on the bad films, or the films that turn out maybe not the way you intended, because something’s not working. And I thought it was kind of unjustly critiqued that way; there are even bigger bombs if you’re looking at how much money went into the production and what they reaped back. But I think it’s unfortunate a movie like that becomes a scarlet letter on a resume when so many talented people worked really hard and maybe a handful of people took it in a negative direction. But so many people worked really hard on that that are so talented.”
One of the worst things about the Fantastic Four reboot is that objectively, the acting isn’t horrible. The first part of the movie doesn’t seem that bad, but when it all goes south it does so quickly. That might actually make the whole thing worse, knowing that it at least had potential, but that it was thrown away due to the tinkering and interference of a few people.
Despite the reviled status of the Fantastic Four reboot, the cast doesn’t seem to be hurting as a result. Teller is part of the Divergent series of films, Michael B. Jordan hit strong with Creed, Kate Mara’s working on her fourth film since Fant4stic and Toby Kebbell has several films coming up, including Duncan Jones’ Warcraft. In the end, though, the Fantastic Four themselves took the biggest hit, as we likely won’t see them again until the rights are about to expire, or until they join the Marvel Cinematic Universe.