Now that the dust has settled on all the fallout surrounding Fantastic Four, some people involved are taking a look back and discussing what exactly went wrong. One of those noteworthy cast members is Toby Kebbell, who played the villainous Victor Von Doom in the rebooted franchise.
While his co-stars like Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan have distanced themselves from the film in some ways, Kebbell gave his honest take on the negative fan response and what could have been done to help it.
Toby Kebbell has a diplomatic answer to all the backlash
When IGN asked about his reaction to how Fantastic Four was received—which, as we all know, is not the easiest question to answer—Toby was honest but tactful:
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. 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, and 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, I can only appreciate honesty.
While it must have been hard to read the widespread criticism, at least the general opinion didn't take the actors to task. I feel like most fans view them as unlucky bystanders who got caught up in a derailed production, but they still did the best with what they were given.
He went on to talk about the importance of "collaboration" on films like this
When he was asked if he took anything away from the role of Dr. Doom, the British actor spoke openly about how he could have been more vocal on set, which implies that there were quite a few issues he just couldn't get behind.
I don't know if I learned anything from Doom apart from perhaps when I see something I don't agree with, to voice that immediately. I think it's important. 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. I think it's vitally important that if there's a problem on set, that it's voiced and we solve it there and I think that collaboration is very important. Not to say that didn't happen on set, but the collaboration is vital and if we don't do that, then we suffer.
It sounds like there was a lot of blame going around when Fantastic Four turned out to be a box office failure, but it just doesn't seem fair that the performers should feel responsible. Though a lack of work was a concern, now that he's starring in Warcraft, I think Toby Kebbell is gonna be just fine.