iFMagazine: Was playing the Thing easier the second time around?
CHIKLIS: Much, much easier. It was the difference between unhealthy and uncomfortable. Uncomfortable I can deal with. I'm not a push over, I can deal with things, but the other situation was unhealthy and I had a lot of physical problems because of it. Not the least of those problems being in my own sweat for twelve to fourteen hours a day for six months. When you put your body through that for so many months, it really makes it tough to stay with it. This time they were able to take it off of me after every take.
iFMagazine: What did you think of the story this time around?
CHIKLIS: What's fun about this time around, we didn't have to lay down the same amount of origin tale track. We could just get right into it. In this kind of situation they have to take certain liberties with the original, but it still adheres to the point where any hardcore FOUR fan is going to be satisfied and SILVER SURFER fans are going to be psyched out of their minds. Weta is doing the effects and they're an impressive house, just what I've seen so far of their effects is spectacular. Doug Jones did some phenomenal physical work to set the look for all of that. He was much more of a champion that I was about being in that costume. He's used to being in them more, and I am now, but it isn't something I want to make a career out of. [Laughs] At the end of the day, for this franchise, great.
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Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer arrives in theatres on June 15, 2007.