FROM THE VAULT is a spoilery, mildly rambling, sometimes NSFW look back at forgotten favorites, forgettable flops, underrated gems, and early entries in already established film franchises.
In this episode, J Bryant and AngieBee revisit the superhero pic FANTASTIC FOUR starring Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Chris Evans, Jessica Alba, and Julian McMahon.
Scientist Reed Richards (Ioan Gruffudd) persuades his arrogant former classmate, Victor von Doom (Julian McMahon), to fund his experiments with cosmic energy. On Doom's space station, the crew -- including astronaut Ben Grimm (Michael Chiklis), researcher Sue Storm (Jessica Alba) and pilot Johnny Storm (Chris Evans) -- are exposed to a mysterious cosmic storm that bestows super powers upon them. As they cope with their transformations, Doom vows his revenge.
> Paul Walker was considered for the part of Johnny Storm.
> Chris Evans improvised most of his dialog.
> Ioan Gruffudd's efforts to keep an American accent continually were hampered by the fact he would receive new script pages on a regular basis, forcing him to learn new lines at short notice.
> Michael Chiklis, the only one of 4 main actors already familiar with the "Fantastic Four" comic, and has been a devout fan of the Thing since childhood. He eagerly fought to have a "real" Thing rather than a computer-generated character. Chiklis wore 60 pounds of latex which took three hours to get into. To keep Chiklis cool in the suit, a rock was removed from his head and cold air was sprayed into the gap between the suit and the actor.
> The scene on the Brooklyn Bridge took about 5 weeks to shoot.
> Despite appearing in the X-MEN films also produced by Fox, Hugh Jackman was offered the role of Reed Richards. George Clooney and Brendan Fraser were also considered.
> Ali Larter, Julia Stiles, Kate Bosworth, Rachel McAdams, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Banks, KaDee Strickland, and Renee Zellweger were considered for the role of Susan Storm/Invisible Woman.
> Jessica Alba's underwear scene was added after the actress had agreed to be in the film.
> Victor foreshadows Mr. Fantastic and The Thing before the storm scene happens. He firstly comments on Reed Richards 'stretching' for the stars during the meeting, then later jokes about Ben Grimm doing 'all the heavy lifting'.
> When Chris Columbus (HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER’S STONE) was attached to the project in the 90s, he wanted real couple Dennis Quaid and Meg Ryan to play Reed Richards and Sue Storm. Raja Gosnell (SCOOBY DOO), Peter Segal (NUTTY PROFESSOR II: THE KLUMPS), and Peyton Reed (BRING IT ON) were also attached to direct at points.
> All of the above USELESS KNOWLEDGE was provided by IMDB.