Julian McMahon Talks "Fantastic Four" @ WonderCon

Sun, February 20th, 2005 at 12:00am PST

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Dave Sikula, Contributing Writer

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Wearing a "Von Doom" label stocking cap, "Fantastic Four" actor Julian McMahon gave WonderCon 2005 attendees a sneak preview of the upcoming summer blockbuster Saturday afternoon.

McMahon admitted to being a lifelong fan of the Marvel super family, rising at 5 am in his native Australia to watch the animated version of the show.

Asked about his research for the part, McMahon said he'd read some issues of the comic, but relied more on bringing the "blatantly evil and indestructible" character in the script to life, rather than relying on a strict adherence to the comic version. At one point, he referred to Victor Von Doom as a "very wealthy, Rupert Murdoch-like person," bringing a shudder to the Fox representative accompanying him. McMahon quickly corrected the parallel, though, calling Von Doom neither "a villain nor misunderstood," but rather, a man who is "egotistical, proud, and (who is) losing everything. He's emotionally and physically distraught" by his "transformation from a man to a monster."

He said that having to wear his Dr. Doom makeup – ten-hour sessions that were like "the Chinese water torture" – and costume – with its heavy armor, helmet, and cape – "like a sweat box" – helped him physically and emotionally to identify with the character. His appearance – "6' 4', like an armored tank" – delighted his daughter, though,

How did he and Thing actor Michael Chiklis get along? Great – "aside from the fact that he's a prick," McMahon joked. He and Chiklis are friends, though – both being in hit series on the FX network. In fact, Chiklis phoned McMahon before going on stage at last summer's San Diego ComicCon. McMahon still hadn't gotten the part of Dr. Doom, and the "Shield" actor told him, "You gotta get this role, man."

McMahon also had news for fans of "Charmed;" he revealed that he'll be reprising his role of Cole Turner for the series' 150th episode.

 
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