‘Fantastic Four’: Toby Kebbell Says Josh Trank had a Great, Darker Version

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It’s unfortunate Fantastic Four came out the way it did, especially with such a strong cast of young leads on board.

The film saw Toby Kebbell take on the role of Victor von Doom, one of the most fearsome villains in Marvel comics. Alas, this poorly developed and woefully underused villain was but one of the film’s many issues. A true shame, considering the strong performances Kebbel has given in films such as RocknRolla and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

During a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Kebbell revealed what he thought of the final product. Surprisingly, the actor thinks director Trank actually had a better cut in the works prior to studio interference.

“I tell you, the honest truth is [Trank] did cut a great film that you’ll never see,” Kebbell said. “That is a shame. A much darker version, and you’ll never see it.”

Just a few days before the film’s U.S. release, Trank took to Twitter with this:

It didn’t take long for Trank to take it down, but his message was nevertheless heard loud and clear.

Kebbell also clarified how much time he spent actually playing Doom.

“Unfortunately, I played Doom in three points: Walking down a corridor, killing the doctor and getting into the time machine, and lying on the bench. They were the only times I played Doom. Everything else was some other guy, on some other day… doing some other thing. I was infuriated that he was allowed to limp like that!”

He even missed out on press duties for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes because of a Fantastic Four scene, which never even made it into the final cut.

“I missed the press tour for Planet of the Apes because I was lying under rubble, slowly rising out of the ashes to be Doctor Doom. Never made it to the film!”

Ultimately, Kebbell acknowledges that these type of issues can occur with films of this size and says he’s “heartbroken” with how things ended up.

“There are always frustrations with these tent poles. But it generally comes from the script changing, sadly enough. But I’m very proud of my work. I’m also just as heartbroken as the fans are.”