Miles Teller may have made a snarky comment about playing a superhero just last year, but it wasn't long after that he started to actually be pursued to play Reed Richards, leader of the Fantastic Four, in Fox's new reboot of the Marvel Comics franchise.
And while Teller makes no apologies for the seeming slight to the genre, he told IGN that he feels like there's something special about this script that drew him to it, not just a big paycheck for dressing up "in Halloween costumes."
"I was joking around about a year ago, 'I guess I'll be playing a superhero soon' because that's just the world that we're in, but I think a lot of times it just looks like Hollywood actors in Halloween costumes, you know? And I think what we're going to do with Fantastic Four is going to be very grounded and it made sense to me," Teller explained. "When I read the script, I didn't feel like I was reading this larger-than-life, incredible supehero tale," he explained. "These are all very human people that end up having to become I guess what is known as the Fantastic Four. So for me it was just a really good story and gives me an opportunity to play something different from my own skin. It's a proper character and that's my favorite stuff to do."
Nothing much there is going to endear him much to the target audience for the film, and neither will his comments that while his dad loved Fantastic Four, he's never read comics. But it's not as though this film is having an easy go with the fans anyway, so maybe there's just no sense in fighting the tide with half-hearted fibs about your love for the source material.
Fantastic Four is expected to start shooting soon so it can be in theaters by June 19, 2015.