We're all for actors being candid—see our Mark Wahlberg bit from earlier today—but delusional is something else. The actress blames "first-time directors" for her flops and calls Fantastic Four: The Rise of the Silver Surfer the film that made her want to "stop acting."
If you'll recall, the online hubbub of from about a week ago was Alba—she of films like Sin City, Machete, Deep Blue and the Fantastic Four duo—telling Elle magazine that screenwriters and their work are optional at best. "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." This, of course, endeared her to no one, least of all writers like John August, who fired back with "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."
Now she's laying into her directors. In discussing her failures, like 2007's Good Luck Chuck and 2008's The Love Guru, she blames their suckiness on "first-time directors" while all but admitting that she made those films for the money: "I know I haven't been swimming in the deep end with some of the movies I've done ... I wasn't trying to. I knew what they were."
As for 2007's Fantastic Four sequel, she had nothing nice to say about the process of working for director Tim Story. "I wanted to stop acting," she said. "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.' And I'm like, But there's no connection to a human being. And then it 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--k it. I don't care about this business anymore.'"
There's no denying that Alba's been in some bad movies and they were either poorly written, poorly directed or both. But there's also no denying that she chose to be in those movies. She read the scripts—presumably—and met the directors and still said yes. Filmmaking is, of course, a leap of faith: One gambles on the hope that a project's potential will be realized. But one should stack the deck in one's favor before signing on.
And one more thing can't be denied: Alba has never lived up to the promise she showed in Dark Angel. It's not as if she was some sparkly diamond in these films, buried under a pile of crap. Maybe this is exactly how far being pretty will take you. At some point, the talent has to kick in. Or you'll end up as the sixth lead in Little Fockers.