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 underrated superhero sequel FANTASTIC FOUR: RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER starring Chris Evans, Ioan Gruffudd, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Alba, Julian McMahon, Andre Braugher, Doug Jones, Kerry Washington, and the voice of Laurence Fishburne.
Reed (Ioan Gruffudd), Susan (Jessica Alba), Johnny (Chris Evans) and Ben (Michael Chiklis) face an intergalactic messenger, The Silver Surfer, who has arrived to prepare Earth for its destruction. While the enigmatic being wreaks havoc around the world, the heroic quartet must also contend with the unexpected return of their enemy, Victor Von Doom (Julian McMahon).
> Jessica Alba, upon receiving criticism about her performance in this film, said that the director, Tim Story, told her "It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica ... Don't do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.”
> For Michael Chiklis's performance as the Thing, a new set of prosthetics were developed. These prosthetics were easier for Chiklis to wear, as they provided better ventilation and could be easily removed, in comparison to the previous film's prosthetics which required six hours to apply, were uncomfortable and could not be easily removed.
> Jessica Alba wore a blonde wig because her hair had suffered from all the bleaching in the previous FANTASTIC FOUR.
> Originally, Nick Fury was going to be in this film, but he was written out of the script and replaced with General Hager. Fury would eventually appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe opposite Chris Evans who played Steve Rogers/Captain America.
> The studio hated Doctor Doom's make-up so he remains hidden under a cowl in most of his early scenes.
> A supporting character, Captain Frankie Raye, was in the comics, a love interest of Johnny Storm who later succeeded the Silver Surfer as Galactus' new herald, Nova.
> The Silver Surfer was created by Doug Jones wearing a prosthetic suit developed by Spectral Motion, and a new VFX program from Weta Digital which augmented the Surfer's reflective surface.
> Originally Laurence Fishburne was keen to provide the voice for Galactus. He happily switched to the role of the Silver Surfer when it was decided to make Galactus mute.
> Efforts were made to keep the Fantasticar under wraps and out of all the promotional material so that it would be a pleasant surprise for fans.
> Stan Lee appears as a guest who is refused entry to Reed and Sue’s wedding. This is taken from an issue of the 1960s "Fantastic Four" comic, where at Reed Richards and Susan Storm's wedding, Stan Lee and series artist Jack Kirby are turned away from the wedding, in a blatant breaking of the fourth wall, which was very rare in the mainstream Marvel Comics universe.
> All of the above USELESS KNOWLEDGE was provided by IMDB.