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Ebon Moss-Bachrach On That Emmy Kiss, ‘Fantastic Four’ Group Chat & ‘The Bear’ Season 3

When you’re an actor with a lot going on, and particularly if they are projects that everyone wants to know about, you have to be a bit cagey about what you reveal. Millions of dollars are at stake.

Thus, Ebon Moss-Bachrach had to be careful during his recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! But he did drop a few hints about what to expect.

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Right now, he’s busy in Chicago filming season three of The Bear, the restaurant saga where he plays manager Richie. He kidded about what’s in store: “The restaurant works and it’s peaceful.”

One fan of the show is Steven Spielberg, Moss-Bachrach said, although a chance meeting with the director left him flummoxed, as a friend who was supposed to relay the praise message from Spielberg forgot to do so. His reason? He thought it better that Spielberg tell Moss-Bachrach directly, at which Moss-Bachrach scoffed at the notion that such a chance meeting was likely. “I don’t swim in these circles.”

Moss-Bachrach also made an impression at the Emmys, when he passionately kissed costar Matthew James Matheson, who plays the handyman Neil Fak on the FX series. He reported after a prompt from Kimmel that Matheson tastes “delicious,” not like hot dogs.

In his biggest reveal, Moss-Bachrach talked about his upcoming role in the next Fantastic Four movie, in which he’ll play Ben “The Thing” Grimm, the orange rock-encased powerhouse. He revealed that there’s already a group chat going between the main characters.

He also said that unlike past efforts at capturing a difficult character, there will be no suit. This time, it’s motion capture to create The Thing.

“In the past, I think they’ve done a suit. Michael Chiklis wore a suit that apparently was really uncomfortable, and it’s kind of… we’re past that,” Moss-Bachrach said. “It’s a little kind of cosplay, kind of amateur that kind of stuff now with the technology we have.”

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