2015's #FantasticFour was a modern superhero disaster. Despite a talented cast and a promising concept, the film's production was rumored to be full of struggles and unpleasantries for everyone involved, including reshoots and a switch in directors. All of which caused it to become the mess we know today.
Now, almost two years after the film's release, we have one more very interesting detail about the production process being troubled from the start. Surprisingly, it involves Doctor Strange's #MadsMikkelsen.
Mikkelsen sat down for an interview with ShortList. In it, he revealed he was originally going to join a very different side of the #Marvel universe, as he was up for a role in Josh Trank's adaptation of the Fantastic Four. Unfortunately, he found it to be an "excruciating process." Elaborating on his experience with bad auditions, he stated:
"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 [frick]ing mad.' You feel like an idiot."
But the biggest revelation came when he was asked if he had ever walked out of an audition, to which he replied:
"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.'”
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Ouch, he essentially used the most painfully cliché break-up excuse on the studio: "It's not you; it's me."
This makes we wonder, though, what role could he have been auditioning for? The #FantasticFour in the film were much younger than previous incarnations, so it's unlikely his character was part of the superhero group. Could he have auditioned for Doctor Doom? Maybe even Franklin Richards? It's hard to tell because he didn't give us any more information, but given how talented Mikkelsen is, it would have definitely been interesting to see him play Victor Von Doom.
On the other hand, the film did not do Doom justice—like, at all. Even #TobyKebbell, who actually did land the role of Doom, has recently spoken about how Fox's portrayal of the iconic villain was badly botched. It's safe to say that as Kebbell's prodigious talent was wasted, then Mikkelsen's would certainly have been. Plus, he ended up joining the MCU in last year's Doctor Strange, which was a critical and financial success, so in retrospect, it all turned out great.
I have to say, it's interesting to see how a bad film can resonate for years after its release. I mean, we are still getting behind-the-scenes horror stories about this one. Could more interesting details come out in the near future?
Regardless, I think we can just add this anecdote to the growing legend that is Mads Mikkelsen, Living Hero.
What do you think of Mikkelsen walking out of his Fantastic Four audition? Who do you think he was auditioning for? Let me know in the comments!