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Fantastic Four almost made Jessica Alba quit acting

11.22.2010

So as the headline says, filming FANTASTIC FOUR (or more specifically RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER) made Jessica Alba want to quit acting. What a coincidence, it made me want to quit watching movies!

In the same article in which she diminished the work of screenwriters (the full version of which is only now available online), Alba had some harsh words for directors too. Asked why her recent films have been both critical and commercial disappointments, she answered simply, "First-time directors."

One of the directors on her shitlist would apparently be FANTASTIC FOUR director Tim Story. Recalls Alba, "[He said] 'It looks too real. It looks too painful. Can you be prettier when you cry? Cry pretty, Jessica.' He was like, 'Don't do that thing with your face. Just make it flat. We can CGI the tears in.' And I'm like, But there's no connection to a human being. And then it all got me thinking: Am I not good enough? Are my instincts and my emotions not good enough? Do people hate them so much that they don't want me to be a person? Am I not allowed to be a person in my work? And so I just said, 'F-ck it. I don't care about this business anymore."

So motivated she was by this incident, Alba went on to star in GOOD LUCK CHUCK, AWAKE, THE EYE and THE LOVE GURU.

If it sounds like I'm coming down hard on Alba (get your mind out of the gutter, perv), I suppose I am but only because it seems to be a self-perpetuating situation. I understand that some actresses are asked to do retarded things like "cry pretty" but the quick answer is to stop making movies like that.

KILLER INSIDE ME was a step in the right direction but Alba hated that film and her next move was to film SPY KIDS 4. I sympathize with her to some degree but there are plenty of young actresses making smart choices (Scarlett Johansson - hate her or not - can do both IRON MAN 2 and MATCH POINT), that Alba needs to do a little better on her own end before criticizing writers and directors.

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5:39PM on 04/30/2013

"Acting" should be in quotation marks.

She is way overrated.
She is way overrated.
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5:19PM on 11/24/2010

Oy....

I'm glad she didn't quit, just so that she can have all those terrible roles everyone else is smart enough to pass on.
I'm glad she didn't quit, just so that she can have all those terrible roles everyone else is smart enough to pass on.
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5:17PM on 11/24/2010

Oy....

I'm glad she didn't quit, just so that she can have all those terrible roles everyone else is smart enough to pass on.
I'm glad she didn't quit, just so that she can have all those terrible roles everyone else is smart enough to pass on.
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12:58PM on 11/23/2010
Who cares?? She's hot. As long as she has still has that ass, CGI tears all the way.
Who cares?? She's hot. As long as she has still has that ass, CGI tears all the way.
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7:26AM on 11/23/2010
I'm Crying CGI tears for Alba. Trust me it wasn't her that made that a bad movie, it was doomed from day 1.
I'm Crying CGI tears for Alba. Trust me it wasn't her that made that a bad movie, it was doomed from day 1.
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5:47AM on 11/23/2010

One more thing...

I agree with the people who say she should do porn but that shouldn't prevent her from doing mainstream movies: it would just make it harder for her to insist that she don't do nudity. ;)
I agree with the people who say she should do porn but that shouldn't prevent her from doing mainstream movies: it would just make it harder for her to insist that she don't do nudity. ;)
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5:19AM on 11/23/2010

Alba's acting comment

"Good actors, never use the script unless itís amazing writing. All the good actors Iíve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say".

Now that the issue of Elle has come out we know that Jessica was responding to a question about directors criticizing her and how this ultimately gives her "freedom". The interviewer asked her to elaborate and we got this.

Well, what did she say that was so wrong?

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"Robert is a real partner in the process. Heís been very involved in the
"Good actors, never use the script unless itís amazing writing. All the good actors Iíve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say".

Now that the issue of Elle has come out we know that Jessica was responding to a question about directors criticizing her and how this ultimately gives her "freedom". The interviewer asked her to elaborate and we got this.

Well, what did she say that was so wrong?

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"Robert is a real partner in the process. Heís been very involved in the screenplay. When he went away to do Sherlock Holmes he was still part of our creative process. Even in the first film, where he was originally a hired gun playing the role, he really stepped up to rewrite scenes"

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"Downey said that he's read "The Avengers" writer-director Joss Whedon's screenplay, which he described as "fantastic" but needing, well, a few alterations: "Joss Whedon is awesome, and once I tear his script to smithereens and fix it, we're going to have a great movie."

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"Norton has done a lot of uncredited writing work over the last few years, for movies including Frida and Red Dragon. The Times claims that Norton actually showed up on set ďwith new script pages not only for his character but for Dr. Hannibal Lecter as well.Ē Rumor has it that director Brett Ratner fought with Norton over the issue."

If we all agree that Downey and Norton are "good actors" then Alba is right on the money. Of course, Norton is also, apparently, considered a bit of an asshole so maybe August is right that this isn't the best advice to give to aspiring actors.

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5:19PM on 11/24/2010
But Downey Jr. and Norton are good actors who have worked with good directors and writers, and have been trained on how to read a script. Alba is just running her mouth bc she makes the same amount of money they do modeling a swimsuit as a super hero costume.
But Downey Jr. and Norton are good actors who have worked with good directors and writers, and have been trained on how to read a script. Alba is just running her mouth bc she makes the same amount of money they do modeling a swimsuit as a super hero costume.
3:43AM on 11/23/2010

Shit!

I KNEW those shitty Fantastic four movies could have at least produced ONE good thing: the retirement of that talentless starlette.
I KNEW those shitty Fantastic four movies could have at least produced ONE good thing: the retirement of that talentless starlette.
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3:19AM on 11/23/2010
Shut the fuck up, Jessica.
Shut the fuck up, Jessica.
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2:09AM on 11/23/2010
Oooh... the dilemma, make another Fantastic Four movie with her in it or lose Jessica Alba as an actress forever...hmmm.

I think the only movie I've ever remembered liking her in was Idle Hands. Don't get me wrong, she's damn fine. She's unfortunately just not a very good actress.
Oooh... the dilemma, make another Fantastic Four movie with her in it or lose Jessica Alba as an actress forever...hmmm.

I think the only movie I've ever remembered liking her in was Idle Hands. Don't get me wrong, she's damn fine. She's unfortunately just not a very good actress.
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11:23PM on 11/22/2010
She's starting to come off like Megan Fox or Katherine Heigl. Not bad at all to look at, and tolerable until the fuck she decides to open her mouth and talk a bunch of shit.
She's starting to come off like Megan Fox or Katherine Heigl. Not bad at all to look at, and tolerable until the fuck she decides to open her mouth and talk a bunch of shit.
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9:04PM on 11/22/2010
DAMN IT!! So close...
DAMN IT!! So close...
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9:03PM on 11/22/2010

Whine with that Cheese?

It's Tim Story...not PT Anderson, Jess. Do you not read the scripts? Even if you weren't "crying pretty" that wouldn't save that train wreck of a waste of film. Quit whining about the bad that allows you to enjoy the luxuries of your business and do something about it, like Natalie Portman is doing by producing/directing shorts/films. Have your "team" find that hot new director willing to kill to have you star in a film they direct. Shying away from first-time directors isn't the answer...how's
It's Tim Story...not PT Anderson, Jess. Do you not read the scripts? Even if you weren't "crying pretty" that wouldn't save that train wreck of a waste of film. Quit whining about the bad that allows you to enjoy the luxuries of your business and do something about it, like Natalie Portman is doing by producing/directing shorts/films. Have your "team" find that hot new director willing to kill to have you star in a film they direct. Shying away from first-time directors isn't the answer...how's about you start by reading the script and asking yourself if you'd watch it. If you answer "yes", don't make it.
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8:07PM on 11/22/2010
When did Jessica Alba START acting?
When did Jessica Alba START acting?
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7:20PM on 11/22/2010
Her credit as an actress would increase if she went nude. :)
Her credit as an actress would increase if she went nude. :)
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6:56PM on 11/22/2010
You know. Between this and her comments a while back about screenwriters being useless, I'm really beginning to not like her.
You know. Between this and her comments a while back about screenwriters being useless, I'm really beginning to not like her.
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6:17PM on 11/22/2010
WAAAA! Fuck the directors it's just her shit acting thats all, like the post below said she worked with some good directors but she still sucks. Not just her but the whole cast of FF sucked ass.
WAAAA! Fuck the directors it's just her shit acting thats all, like the post below said she worked with some good directors but she still sucks. Not just her but the whole cast of FF sucked ass.
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5:57PM on 11/22/2010

In all fairness

....Tim Story is a fucking awful director.
....Tim Story is a fucking awful director.
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4:26PM on 11/22/2010

ROBERT RODRIQUEZ ISN'T A FIRST TIME DIRECTOR...

and she was awful in Machete, luckily she wasn't in Sin City that much and there was so much going on in it anyway she didn't really matter.
and she was awful in Machete, luckily she wasn't in Sin City that much and there was so much going on in it anyway she didn't really matter.
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12:15AM on 11/23/2010
yeah and his movies suck, so what.
yeah and his movies suck, so what.
7:35PM on 11/23/2010
Sew buttons, thats what!
Sew buttons, thats what!
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4:18PM on 11/22/2010
Perhaps it wasn't a professionally way of directing, but the truth is she ain't a good actress.
Perhaps it wasn't a professionally way of directing, but the truth is she ain't a good actress.
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3:53PM on 11/22/2010
Oh the problems of being rich and beautiful. Right Jessica. Come on guys, you don't know how hard her life is. Fuck her. If Tim Story told you to cry pretty and have a flat face, why the fuck would you sign up for the motherfucking sequel directed by the same asshole? What, he was an amazing director the first time around? Oh wait, it's because you're greedy and did it for the money and are now trying to pin the blame on the directer. Also, Sampson's right. You followed that up with even
Oh the problems of being rich and beautiful. Right Jessica. Come on guys, you don't know how hard her life is. Fuck her. If Tim Story told you to cry pretty and have a flat face, why the fuck would you sign up for the motherfucking sequel directed by the same asshole? What, he was an amazing director the first time around? Oh wait, it's because you're greedy and did it for the money and are now trying to pin the blame on the directer. Also, Sampson's right. You followed that up with even shittier performances in movies like The Love Guru and Good Luck Chuck. Yeah, I'm sure you weren't told to just stand there and look pretty for those movies. No, those were really layered and deep characters you were proud to play.

Seriously, just accept that you are an atrocious fucking actress and stop blaming the screenwriters and now the directors. I don't even find her that attractive so I really wouldn't give a shit if she fucked off and another actress got a shot in Hollywood.
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2:48PM on 11/22/2010
Ugh, Tim Story sounds like a fucking moron! "CGI tears", "flat face"? I guess we've now moved on to digitizing Botox.

I bet this ass has never even physically touched a camera.
Ugh, Tim Story sounds like a fucking moron! "CGI tears", "flat face"? I guess we've now moved on to digitizing Botox.

I bet this ass has never even physically touched a camera.
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2:40PM on 11/22/2010
I can understand why everyone is being hard on Alba, but saying to an actors "Can you be prettier when you cry?" is definitely without a doubt bad directing. I have no problem with her saying this. But as the article points out at the end, she really needs to pick and choose her projects better if she doesn't want to end up with the directors who are clueless when it comes to directing movies (such as Tim Story.)
I can understand why everyone is being hard on Alba, but saying to an actors "Can you be prettier when you cry?" is definitely without a doubt bad directing. I have no problem with her saying this. But as the article points out at the end, she really needs to pick and choose her projects better if she doesn't want to end up with the directors who are clueless when it comes to directing movies (such as Tim Story.)
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2:40PM on 11/22/2010
I can understand why everyone is being hard on Alba, but saying to an actors "Can you be prettier when you cry?" is definitely without a doubt bad directing. I have no problem with her saying this. But as the article points out at the end, she really needs to pick and choose her projects better if she doesn't want to end up with the directors who are clueless when it comes to directing movies (such as Tim Story.)
I can understand why everyone is being hard on Alba, but saying to an actors "Can you be prettier when you cry?" is definitely without a doubt bad directing. I have no problem with her saying this. But as the article points out at the end, she really needs to pick and choose her projects better if she doesn't want to end up with the directors who are clueless when it comes to directing movies (such as Tim Story.)
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2:26PM on 11/22/2010

Unbelievable...

Is it possible that she is finally starting to realize that the only reason she's in movies is because she's hot?

Did it really take this long for her to figure it out?

Wow...
Is it possible that she is finally starting to realize that the only reason she's in movies is because she's hot?

Did it really take this long for her to figure it out?

Wow...
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1:40PM on 11/22/2010
Jessica Alba=Tara Reid
Jessica Alba=Tara Reid
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1:29PM on 11/22/2010

Meh!

We all know Alba isn't the most highly established actress around, it doesn't surprise me one bit when she sucks and/or her movies suck. Like all others have said, read your damn scripts and ask some damn questions. If you don't want to be in garbage then don't be in it. If you still take this lackluster projects then you can always turn to porn....don't worry, they can just CGI the penis.
We all know Alba isn't the most highly established actress around, it doesn't surprise me one bit when she sucks and/or her movies suck. Like all others have said, read your damn scripts and ask some damn questions. If you don't want to be in garbage then don't be in it. If you still take this lackluster projects then you can always turn to porn....don't worry, they can just CGI the penis.
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1:15PM on 11/22/2010

haven't seen her in much but

what i have seen her in she's sucked. She was a horrible choice for Sue Storm in Fantastic 4 and an even worse choice for Nancy in Sin City, i mean come on you're going to play a stripper then refuse to take your top off?

In fact, the only time she was remotely entertaining was when she was on Dark Angel, and that show was just alright.
what i have seen her in she's sucked. She was a horrible choice for Sue Storm in Fantastic 4 and an even worse choice for Nancy in Sin City, i mean come on you're going to play a stripper then refuse to take your top off?

In fact, the only time she was remotely entertaining was when she was on Dark Angel, and that show was just alright.
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1:06PM on 11/22/2010
Ugh, Tim Story sounds like a fucking moron! "CGI tears", "flat face"? I guess we've now moved on to digitizing Botox.

I bet this ass has never even physically touched a camera.
Ugh, Tim Story sounds like a fucking moron! "CGI tears", "flat face"? I guess we've now moved on to digitizing Botox.

I bet this ass has never even physically touched a camera.
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1:05PM on 11/22/2010
i hate being told to "cry pretty".
i hate being told to "cry pretty".
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12:41PM on 11/22/2010

"the same article in which she diminished the work of screenwriters"

WOW. Way to blow shit out of proportion.
WOW. Way to blow shit out of proportion.
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12:37PM on 11/22/2010
Proof that looks can only get you so far...
Proof that looks can only get you so far...
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12:26PM on 11/22/2010

Katherine Heigl?

Wow she needs to watch her mouth, Heigl effectively balcklisted herself with her comments and now this bimbo. If you had any brains and could actually read at a 8th grade level you would have known those movies sucked before you accepted them. But since she isnt smart and CANT act she blames her lack of talent on directors who are so much smarter than her its crazy, do you think she could direct a movie. Just lose weight and look hot and someone will find you a role to "cry pretty" in.
Wow she needs to watch her mouth, Heigl effectively balcklisted herself with her comments and now this bimbo. If you had any brains and could actually read at a 8th grade level you would have known those movies sucked before you accepted them. But since she isnt smart and CANT act she blames her lack of talent on directors who are so much smarter than her its crazy, do you think she could direct a movie. Just lose weight and look hot and someone will find you a role to "cry pretty" in.
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12:26PM on 11/22/2010

Alba is dumb.

Although none of his films are good...Tim Story had directed like 5 films before he directed THE FANTASTIC 4. RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, which was his 6th. So she can't count. Even with her inability to count, she seems like someone that would be hard to talk to and is probably on the lower end of the intelligence scale.
Although none of his films are good...Tim Story had directed like 5 films before he directed THE FANTASTIC 4. RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER, which was his 6th. So she can't count. Even with her inability to count, she seems like someone that would be hard to talk to and is probably on the lower end of the intelligence scale.
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12:24PM on 11/22/2010
I used to have alot of respect for Alba and thought she was a good actress, now not so much. She is just asking to be forgotten with all of these recent statements by her. I for one enjoyed the Fantastic Four movies, but she should be thankful she got to be in a comic book movie as big as F4. Her best movie/performance will always be Idle Hands.
I used to have alot of respect for Alba and thought she was a good actress, now not so much. She is just asking to be forgotten with all of these recent statements by her. I for one enjoyed the Fantastic Four movies, but she should be thankful she got to be in a comic book movie as big as F4. Her best movie/performance will always be Idle Hands.
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12:13PM on 11/22/2010
Reading this article directly after the one about Wahlberg trashing The Happening, I felt compelled to comment.
If indeed Tim Story actually said that (and based on those two movies, I wouldn't doubt it) then her point is valid. CGI tears? Really? Awful.
But much like Wahlberg, as an actor you've gotta take some credit. I mean, lets face it. Alba isn't a great actress, no matter who's directing her. To put the blame solely on the writers and directors is fucking shitty.

And yeah, The
Reading this article directly after the one about Wahlberg trashing The Happening, I felt compelled to comment.
If indeed Tim Story actually said that (and based on those two movies, I wouldn't doubt it) then her point is valid. CGI tears? Really? Awful.
But much like Wahlberg, as an actor you've gotta take some credit. I mean, lets face it. Alba isn't a great actress, no matter who's directing her. To put the blame solely on the writers and directors is fucking shitty.

And yeah, The Happening was garbage but I mean c'mon, did you read the script before accepting the role? You should've known better. Besides, his acting in it is atrocious so who is he to shit all over the movie.
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12:13PM on 11/22/2010

WHAT?!?

Almost stop acting? When did she start? ZING! I'm sorry. That was uncalled for and mean. But seriously, as far as her acting abilities, she's really pretty.
Almost stop acting? When did she start? ZING! I'm sorry. That was uncalled for and mean. But seriously, as far as her acting abilities, she's really pretty.
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