Actor Jamie Bell recently spoke about his disappointment with the superhero film Fantastic Four, which was considered a critical and commercial failure.
Fantastic Four was the third film to feature Marvel's First Family, and a reboot of the previous franchise. Twentieth Century Fox announced the movie in 2009, and as details started rolling in, fan expectations for the film quickly lowered. Many formed a negative opinion with the casting of black actor Michael B. Jordan as the Human Torch, and changes to the source material. When the movie was released in 2015, the film was a box office disaster and was ravaged by critics. Director Josh Trank blamed many of Fantastic Four's problems on Fox, who he claimed interfered heavily in the making of the film.
Jamie Bell, who plays Benjamin Grimm/The Thing in Fantastic Four, recently talked about his thoughts on the movie in an interview with LA Times.
There were several things on that movie I was clearly not privy to because I’m just an actor and I just do my stuff on set. But with something like that, everything starts with the best of intentions. A production begins with the idea to make something that’s unique and original and with integrity. I think the film really strived towards those goals. I don’t know what happened between the launch of the voyage and the arrival. I think we were all bitterly disappointed with that film. But that’s just the way it goes sometimes.
The British actor is not the first cast member to express disappointment with the film. Kate Mara, who plays Invisible Woman, has claimed that she has yet to see the movie due to poor reviews. Toby Kebbell, the actor who plays Doctor Doom, has stated that Trank's cut of the Fantastic Four film was much better than the theatrical version, though fans will never get to see it.
All of these comments go back to Trank's criticism of Fox and their handling of the movie. Trank said on Twitter that he had a "fantastic vision" for Fantastic Four that would have received great reviews had it made it to the screen. It's been reported that Fox drove Trank to "the breaking point" with changes to the budget, long delays for script and casting approvals, and other last-minute changes.
Others have put the blame on Trank for being extremely difficult to work with. However, Bell's comments seem to indicate that the movie's many shortcomings had more do with events that took place in post-production than anything else.
Source: LA Times