The star of films like 'The Love Guru' and 'Good Luck Chuck' told Elle, "Good actors never use the script unless it's amazing writing. All the good actors I've worked with, they all say whatever they want to say." ... Anyone? ... No? ... Alright then. This comment didn't sit very well with 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' writer John August, who posted an amusing rebuttal on his blog.
Kudos to August for playing nice and suggesting -- to dramatic effect -- that the actress could have been misquoted. Like everyone else, we suspect the 'Fantastic Four' star wasn't. August ends his statement suggesting that the actress use her "charm" to cozy up to a good writer for a decent part since she's never had one.
Alba's filmography doesn't reveal a long list of "good actors" that she's worked with (there are a few in the mix in terrible roles, however), and apparently the good times kept on rolling during this interview since she was also quoted saying, "The time I'm not spending with my kid has to be worth it, so when I sat down with my agents after I was ready to go back to work, I told them: It's all about the directors." We feel bad you're not spending time with your kid to work on films like 'Little Fockers' too, but we're not exactly holding our breath with higher expectations.
You can check out John August's full rebuttal after the jump.
I have to believe she was misquoted, or excerpted in some unflattering way, because Jessica Alba couldn't have actually said this:
Good actors, never use the script unless it's amazing writing. All the good actors I've worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.
Oh, Jessica. Where to start?
Scripts aren't just the dialogue. Screenplays reflect the entire movie in written form, including those moments when you don't speak. Do you know the real reason we hold table readings in pre-production? So the actors will read the entire script at least once.
Following your logic, you've never been in a movie with both good actors and amazing writing. That may be true, but it might hurt the feelings of David Wain, Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.
You're saying your co-stars who delivered their lines as written are not "good actors." Awkward.
You're setting dangerous expectations. So if an aspiring actor wishes to be "good," she should say whatever she wants to say? That's pretty terrible advice.
Screenwriters can be your best friends. We are pushovers for attractive people who pay attention to us. I wrote that bathtub scene in Big Fish because Jessica Lange made brief eye contact with me. So if you're not getting great writing - and honestly, you're not - ask to have lunch with the screenwriter. I've seen you on interviews. You're charming. That charm could work wonders.
Again: I know that quotes often come out in ways we never intended. It's lacking context - though the photos are lovely. (Hi, Carter Smith!) I'm calling this out just so we can all hopefully learn something."