Miles Teller Says ‘Fantastic Four’ Is ‘Original,’ ‘More Than Soulless, Popcorn Action’

Critics haven’t seen Fantastic Four yet, but given all the bad buzz and the general sense that it was made mostly for rights retention, it’s safe to say that most of us aren’t expecting much. But Miles Teller (who plays Reed Richards), bless his heart, is out there selling Fantastic Four like it’s really a real movie this time. Wouldn’t that be something. In fact, according to Teller, who plays a man with really stretchy arms in the film, this rebooted Fantastic Four is more than your run-of-the-mill blockbuster.

From BBC Newsbeat:

“We did try to do something more than soulless, popcorn action,” said Miles.

“We tried to make something coming from a more dramatic standpoint so we’re hoping that people enjoy it and recognise that we’re trying to do something original.”

I like to imagine Miles Teller having to do this interview in front of a giant Fantastic Four poster with his ridiculous face on it (above) and the interviewer trying not to laugh the whole time. If it had been me, every question would have been about the face. “Well, I tried to do something smug, but also confused.”

Of course, for all the rumors of friction between director Josh Trank and the studio, friction isn’t always a bad thing. At least it shows someone cared (there was no friction on the Pixels set, I guarantee it). But take Miles Teller’s comments with a grain of salt all the same, for one because it’s Miles Teller, but also because the cast admitted in the same interview that they hadn’t seen the film yet.

…the lead actors – Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Jamie Bell and Michael B. Jordan – say they’ve not been shown a final version either.

“I’m going to try to see it opening night with a real audience,” said Mara, who plays Sue Storm. [Newsbeat via ThePlaylist]

I hope she sees it with Miles Teller. “So Miles, what did you think of our movie?”

“So… you loved it? You hated it? You really want a hamburger? I don’t know what I’m supposed to get from this, Miles.”

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“Seriously, man, stop it. It’s creeping me out.”

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“That’s it, I’m leaving now, Miles. I hope you’re happy.”