Kate Mara Says Making ‘Fantastic Four’ Was Almost As Bad As Watching It

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Usually, when someone says a movie is hard to watch, it’s because it has themes or scenes that are disturbing or will really make you face the depravity humans are capable of. Sometimes, however, they’re just really bad movies, like every Fantastic Four film.

Apparently making the film was not any better than watching it, as Kate Mara told Emmy Magazine what a nightmare making the film was.

“I had a horrible experience on Fantastic Four,” she says. “I’ve never talked about it before. I married one of my costars, so I don’t regret doing that movie at all . But do I wish I had responded differently to certain things? Yes, definitely.”

She won’t go into detail about what happened on Fantastic Four or on a second film that she says was a similarly negative experience. But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Mara, like many actresses, has been reevaluating events she overlooked or suppressed.

“The fact of the matter is that my two horrendous experiences with directors were male directors,” she says. “Have I not gotten along with a female director? Absolutely. And was it not the greatest work experience? Sure. But there was never a time that I felt, ‘This is happening because I’m a woman.’ Where with the male directors, it 100 percent was only happening with me; it was a power dynamic thing.

“And on both of my bad experiences, the movies were 95 percent men and I was the only woman in the movie.”

This might be the only time Fantastic Four comes within a hundred words of Emmy, so it’s a kind of an accomplishment for the movie.

Mara refuses to say exactly what problems she had with Trank on the set of Fantastic Four, but we’ve seen three movies from Trank and I think we can all agree he doesn’t have the talent to be a dick to people at all.

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