Jessica Alba recently told the December issue of Elle magazine that “good” actors don’t use scripts. Instead, she said that any actor worth their salt makes up the dialogue as they go along and completely disregard’s the screenplay.
Well, this little faux pas of a statement caught the eye of a certain screenwriter named John August who has penned movies for Tim Burton and other big Hollywood players. To make a long story short, he told Alba in a blog post that he sincerely hopes she was misquoted.
“Oh, Jessica. I have to believe she was misquoted, or excerpted in some unflattering way, because Jessica Alba couldn’t have actually said this. 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. 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.”
Jessica Alba hasn’t responded (although she should) and we’ll keep you posted if she does. Oh, Jessica indeed.