Pressers can be brutal on actors—especially if it's for a big expected-blockbuster like Suicide Squad or some other superhero franchise. But the cast of the Fantastic Four got a few seriously awkward interview questions from the hosts of a morning radio show in Atlanta.
In the movie, Sue Storm and Johnny Storm (played by Kate Mara and Michael B. Jordan) are brother and sister. But Radio 100.5 host Steven J. Rickman (also known as "Southside Steve") couldn't wrap his head around how characters of different races could be related.
"From what I've seen, you're brother and sister," he asked the two. "Am I missing something?" he asked. They assured him no, but he kept going: "But you're white and you're black. How does that happen?"
Jordan stepped in. "They could be raised as brother and sister. There's a whole bunch of family dynamics that could be without [defaulting to] the obvious adoption."
But the cringe-worthy-ness of this interview didn't stop there. Rickman asked Mara why she'd cut her hair. "You're way, way hot. Why'd you cut the hair? Your hair was beautiful."
This went on for some time—Rickman seemingly unable to comprehend why Mara would cut her hair for a movie, any movie, and asked her if she'd grow it back for future Fantastic Four films. The interview was cut short after he tried to defend himself from comments that he was "creeping [her] out."
"I'm a toe guy, your toes are fine." Charming.
In an email to BuzzFeed, Rickman's co-host Jason Bailey wrote that Rickman and Mara were going "back forth in a playful way." And as for the toes comment? "why are people upset about that...sorry...no idea. Steve likes girl's toes. People should be appreciative when they get complimented."