Toby Kebell has won praise for his work in Black Mirror and his motion-capture performance as Koba in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but this past summer he had to endure quite a bit of criticism for Josh Trank's Fantastic Four, which he played the villainous Doctor Doom. While promoting his upcoming film Warcraft, he talked about what he learned from his experience on Fantastic Four and the overwhelmingly negative reaction it received.
"I was disappointed, but the fans aren't wrong," Kebbell told IGN regarding Fantastic Four's negative reception. "The fans want what they want to see. And if they don't get satisfaction, they let you know. And 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, the reaction is honest and I can only appreciate honesty."
"I don't know if I learned anything from Doom apart from perhaps from when I see something I don't agree with I'll voice that immediately, I think it's important," he shared. "As an actor you're very conscious your career is at stake with each job, especially on these larger productions. A film like that comes out and I'm sent four scripts in a week and those scripts go to zero when it doesn't come out successful. So it actively effects my career. I think it is vitally important that if there is a problem on set that it is voiced and we solve it then. And I think collaboration is very important. Not to say that didn't happen on set, but yeah, the collaboration is vital."
Fantastic Four (2015) - A contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.