Jessica Alba says she almost stopped acting after 'Fantastic Four' director asked her to 'cry pretty'
Jessica Alba reveals in a new interview with Elle magazine that not only did she dislike like working on "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer", her experience on set caused her to consider giving up acting for good.
"I wanted to stop acting. I hated it. I really hated it," Alba says in her interview for the December issue of Elle, according to PopEater.
She adds, "I remember when I was dying in 'Silver Surfer'. The director was like, '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.'"
Alba says that direction made her question her acting skills, "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?"
Elle posted excerpts from the interview earlier this month and Alba caught a bit of flack for comments she made about actors not following scripts. "Good actors, never use the script unless it's amazing writing," Alba told the magazine. "All the good actors I've worked with, they all say whatever they want to say."
John August, who wrote the screenplays for "Big Fish" and "Charlie's Angels" replied to Alba's comments in a blog post saying, " 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."