Kate Mara Reflects on Her Fantastic Four Regrets
Many fans would rather pretend that Josh Trank’s critically-maligned Fantastic Four reboot never happened. Regardless, the movie’s well-documented shortcomings essentially guarantee that we’ll be talking about it for years to come. This is mainly because every so often, someone close to the film has something new to say about it. This week, that honor falls to Kate Mara, who starred in the reboot as Sue Storm/Invisible Woman. In a new sit-down with Collider, Mara alluded to the abusive treatment she experienced while working with Trank (via SuperHeroHype).
Mara was expanding on comments she made while speaking to Emmy Magazine last month. In that interview, she described her Fantastic Four experience as “horrible” and wished that she “responded differently to certain things.” She didn’t go into detail or mention Trank by name, but she did imply that sexism was involved somehow. She also explained how that experience has stayed with her for the last five years.
“I think that the thing that I always go back to on that one is that I think I should have followed my instincts more,” said Mara. “Like when my gut was telling me, ‘You probably shouldn’t let that slide, what that person just said.’ Or if you’re feeling a certain way about what an energy is like and how that is affecting your performance. You’re being paid to do a certain thing. And if something is in the way of that, you have the right to speak up and say, ‘I’m actually not able to do what I am here to do because of X, Y and Z.’”
Of course, Fantastic Four wasn’t a complete disaster for Mara. She later married her co-star, Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm/The Thing), and the couple had their first child together last year. But her experience did remind her how important it is to speak up when something doesn’t feel right.
“I think that speaking up is something that I think that we all probably learn it over and over again, to follow your instincts and if you’re feeling a certain thing that is uneasy or whatever, there’s a reason for it,” added Mara. “But, because it was such a big movie and again, usually, except in this case, when you’re in a big superhero movie they usually do incredibly well, like almost always. So even if it’s challenging, or this or that, or not everything’s perfect, it’s probably good for you to do it.”
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