IOAN GRUFFUDD: Im a mathematical genius (laughter). Gosh, I dont know.
MICHAEL CHIKLIS: Im a thug that you want to hide from.
They had so many people to choose from for these roles. Why do you think they chose you?
IOAN GRUFFUDD: I dont know. I think getting to know each other a little bit today and you getting to see us today, were sort of down to earth people. And I think thats the main attraction of these characters, that they are real people and you can associate with them. Theyre just in these incredible situations. I think thats the main attraction and possibly wed like to think weve been cast because of that.
Did you test together for "Fantastic Four" or did you meet for the first time pretty recently?
MICHAEL CHIKLIS: The latter.
JESSICA ALBA: We [meaning she and Michael] actually met at an award shows. We presented together. And then I met [Ioan] at a hotel bar.
Is that a scandal?
JESSICA ALBA: (Laughing) No, with the director. He was doing press for King Arthur and he was in the middle of all his stuff.
I honestly didnt know that this was going to happen because I so easily get typecast as the kick-ass girl or the hot girl or whatever kind of thing half-naked in this or that. And this is really who I am. I am a problem solver. Ive been working since I was 12. I come from a really big family and Im the oldest of 14 cousins, and we all live in Southern California. So Ive always had to mediate. And I think when I sat down with Tim [Story], he kind of saw that thats my nature.
What have they told you so far about the special effects as far as the CG enhancements?
IOAN GRUFFUDD: Nothing much really. I think all the other movies have raised the bar now. Spider-Man 2 in particular. I have faith that this is going to take it to the next level again.
MICHAEL CHIKLIS: I find it interesting, I dont know about you but thus far weve been kept in the dark about an awful lot of things, and now things are starting to be revealed. I think part of that was because theres such anticipation and theres so many people wanting to know early whats going on that the policy for them, being the studio, has been the fewer people we tell, the less the leaks.
JESSICA ALBA: Even though were the cast (laughing).
MICHAEL CHIKLIS: (Laughing) Even though were the 'people'. But you know what? Its a need to know basis. But Ive been assured many times that the resources are there, theyre going to bring everything to bear. There are going to be some spectacular effects in this.
For my part, I did not want to do this if Ben Grimm was going to be a CGI. If he was going to be done in the way that The Hulk that was done. I felt that I would be wasted. I was assured from the get-go that that wasnt going to be the case, and I was thrilled. They would use some CGI enhancements in creating nuances, and he told me a couple of ideas that I just thought were so hot sh**. I thought they were awesome.
For an actor, its a thrill to be involved in this type of thing. Ive not done really anything of this scale. Everything Ive done has been about the acting work, about character development, about people interacting. This is still very much like that, but with a huge scale of technical support around it. Thats what really attracts me to this project from a directorial standpoint. Tim has said from the beginning the technical will support the character development. I think fans will love to hear that, too. Thats a thrill. Often, as we all know with big, huge multi-hundred million dollar pictures, the studio or the director often makes the mistake of rushing to the next explosion. As you all know, if you dont care about your central characters, you dont care if they blow up or not. So the idea that the onus will be on the development of this family and thats why I think personally Spider-Man 2 is so successful and its so good. Well-drawn and well-developed characters and yeah, theres spectacular effects, but you care about Tobey Maguire and Kirsten [Dunst] getting together. You know, you care about them so they take you on the ride and so those effects are effective.