Most of Julian McMahon's "Fantastic Four" co-stars came from TV, but the "Nip/Tuck" actor still had a hard time adjusting on the set.
"In television, we get in there at 5 o'clock in the morning, and by 7 o'clock you're shooting — and by [lunch] you've done about three or four scenes," McMahon explained. "This was come in, go into makeup for an hour, hour and a half, hair for an hour, hour and a half, go to your trailer, 'Oh, it's lunch!' 'What? Are you kidding me? Lunch already? I could've done 15 movies by now!' So it was weird for me to get used to that style of stuff, but once I got used to it, I got used to it. Then it was like, 'Nah, I'm not coming out 'til after lunch.' "
In the comic book adventure, which also stars Michael Chiklis ("The Shield"), Jessica Alba ("Dark Angel") and Ioan Gruffudd (the short-lived "Century City"), McMahon plays wealthy businessman Victor Von Doom, otherwise known as Doctor Doom, the arch-nemesis to the Fantastic Four (see " 'Fantastic Four' Heroes Keep Their Eyes On The Prize Through Tough Shoot").
"The footage we shot is unbelievable," McMahon said. "I saw 43 minutes of it already, and it's going to be an extraordinary film."
"Fantastic Four" is McMahon's first movie since he started "Nip/Tuck," the racy plastic-surgery drama that earned him a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination. The show is on an extended hiatus until shooting for the third season starts in June, so he's hoping to make another movie in the spring, although he's yet to decide on a project.
"I'd really like to do something that people haven't seen me do as an actor before, a character that's not the charismatic guy kind of thing or something that you wouldn't really expect me to do," he said. "It's a short period of time when you can do those kind of [dramatic] movies, and I feel that it's my time right now, so that's what I'd like to do."
As for "Nip/Tuck," which ended with an enormous cliffhanger involving McMahon's co-star, Dylan Walsh, McMahon has only heard bits and pieces about the storyline from series creator Ryan Murphy.
"Christian, I hear, turns into a pretty nasty guy. ... He was a pretty nice guy to begin with, but we can always get nastier," McMahon said. "The show has always been heavy, but I've been told this is gonna be the heaviest season that we've had. Hopefully we can put a little humor in it as well."
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