McMahon on Doom in Fantastic Four 2

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At the recent press day for Columbia Pictures’ new psychological thriller Premonition, Julian McMahon talked about what Dr. Doom will look like in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

CS/SHH!: Can you talk about the classic look of Dr. Doom?
Julian McMahon: The classic look of Doom, well, it’s weird, man, because first of all, you start with Dr. Doom has been in a casket for a couple of years and wakes up a few years later, whatever. And he’s pretty pissed off, kind of just rips off his mask and all that kind of stuff. He gets very ugly. And then he’s got his lair set up in some castle in Latveria, right? We’re talking comic book stuff so you have to kind of go with all this kind of stuff. With all these monitors and stuff, I don’t know where he got ’em all from but they’re pretty cool. He sees this kind of entity which is the Silver Surfer. Just knowing the comic books, Dr. Doom is Dr. Doom so what does he do? He goes and he tries to destroy everybody and get everybody’s powers and all that kind of stuff. That’s basically what the character’s about. But then Dr. Doom becomes me for a certain period of time which I think is very strange but let’s not get into that. And then the final costume is this pretty amazing costume. It’s a similar kind of mask. It’s kind of a larger type of fit and probably a little more sturdy kind of look to it. The chest plate, it’s a very heavy outfit. It weighed about 45 -50 pounds whatever without the cape and stuff but its pretty extraordinary. It’s a darker suit than the one he had last time its kind of more Batmanesque in a way, but with the mask its obviously very Dr. Doom, and it’s a great looking outfit and he’s got like a…..God, I can’t remember. Look, I got so many outfits its ridiculous. [laughs]

CS/SHH!: They still give you a lot to do with Dr. Doom?
McMahon: Yeah I had quite a lot to do actually, because he went through all these transformations, you know, different to what happens in the comic or the cartoon but we kinda just had to make it applicable for some reason, I don’t know.

CS/SHH!: Have you always been a fan of comic books?
McMahon: I have, yeah. Fantastic Four in particularly, yeah

CS/SHH!:What did you like about it?
McMahon: I don’t know, I think maybe I just liked the fact that there were four people with different types of powers. But I was a big fan of other stuff too. I was a big fan of Batman and Spider-Man and Superman but Fantastic Four, in particular, I got into it actually with the cartoons. We used to watch the cartoons every morning, and I don’t know maybe its team work, and I don’t know it was just good.

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer opens in theaters on June 15.

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