|Character||Ben Grimm/The Thing|
Jamie Bell portrayed Ben Grimm/The Thing in Fantastic Four. He is the first British actor to portray The role of the Thing, while Michael Chiklis, who portrayed him in the first two original films, was American. Other actors including Kiefer Sutherland and Bruce Willis turned it down due to scheduling conflicts. Bell needed help from motion capture artist Andy Serkis to prepare for the role of being a computer generated character.
It took 3 months for Bell to complete a few dozen scenes. However, a dive bomb sequence, which had been seen in the trailer, was cut before the film's release. The look of the new version of the Thing was based off of Brundlefly in David Cronenberg's science fiction horror remake of The Fly.
Bell and his co star Kate Mara started dating during production of the film.
- Jamie Bell worked with Kate Mara in 2013's Fighting Jacob.