Rahul Kohli Apologizes for His ‘Fantastic Four’ Casting Comments: “I Wasn’t Gonna Address It but I Guess I Have to Now”

rahul kohli talks losing role to Pedro Pascal

Several months ago Marvel Studios announced the the actors that will be playing the core roles of the upcoming ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot. Pedro Pascal was chosen to portray Reed Richards alongside Vanessa Kirby’s Sue Storm. The duo will be joined by Joseph Quinn’s Human Torch and Ebon Moss-Bachrach’s The Thing. Julia Garner will be portraying Shalla-Bal MCU’s version of Silver Surfer.

The casting was highly scandalous, the majority of the hate directed toward Garner’s Silver Surfer but Pedro Pascal received some comments as well, as a good portion of the fandom doesn’t think that he has what it takes to play Mr. Fantastic, still hung up on the idea of Krasinski as Reed Richards.

In the latest interview with Salaam Nerds Rahul Kohli revealed that he was in the running to score the role but eventually lost to ‘The Last of Us’ star.

Yeah, I don’t know if I’m allowed to talk about it but I didn’t get it, is the important thing. But on good days, I see the Constantine, it will flare up once and again. And, I love all of them. On good days, you’re like, ‘Man, I’m wanted!’ People really want to see. You’re the guy that people will shout out for anything. On bad days, ‘It’s a reminder that you’re not the guy. You’re not there. These are the roles you’ll never get.’ So, it’s sweet and it’s perspective. It’s how you feel about yourself.

Following these statements, Rahul found himself being the target of a backlash by fans of Pedro Pascal, perceiving his answer as if he was angry toward Pedro for getting the role, or as if he considered that the role should have gone to him.

Rahul was unfortunately forced to address the issue via his social media, he clarified that his statement wasn’t a dig toward Pedro or the movie’s casting, but rather he wanted to point out the significance of fan castings and mental health in the process:

F-cking hell, this is being blown way out of proportion. I wasn’t gonna address it but I guess I have to now. I said during a podcast ‘I didn’t get it.’ I didn’t say I was in the running or I lost to Pedro Pascal or I was being considered or close to being in it. I just didn’t get it and it was a part of a larger point about fan-casting and mental health.

As for the role, Pedro is one of my favorite actors out there, a lovely person, and I can’t think of a better actor to play Reed. We were never ‘up against each other,’ I was never even in his league to begin with. I’m stoked for him and can’t wait to watch! Apologies everyone, lesson learned.

I personally don’t see anything wrong with Rahul’s statement, and no shade has been thrown toward Pedro, the man is allowed to feel however he wants to feel regarding not getting the role, the fans completely took this to another level.

rahul koli apology

Have something to add? Let us know in the comments below!

Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments