Jessica Alba’s experience on the set of Fantastic Four left her wanting to leave the industry for good.
While superhero themed movies are now leading the box-office and the Hollywood film industry in general, there was a time when wearing a superhero costume was not as fancy as nowadays. When Jessica Alba starred in Fantastic Four in 2005, she was among the first actors to jump on ship before the superhero boom. Since it was an unfamiliar experience for actors at the time, Jessica Alba initially felt horrified by her overall experience with the film. She appeared as Invisible Woman in the film and wore spandex while filming. Aside from the uncomfortable costume, she also had to prioritize acting pretty instead of portraying the role.
Jessica Alba’s Demoralizing Experience On The Set Of Fantastic Four
The founder of The Honest Company went on to detail what made her hate the experience on the set of Fantastic Four. It was reported that director Tim Story berated the actress for doing such a great job. She was told to act flat and stay pretty, and the production team will just add some CGI tears to her face.
Jessica Alba’s Lackluster Acting Received Negative Reviews
Due to the director’s instructions, Jessica Alba had to tone down her performance on the film which led to the numerous criticisms the film has received. It also did not help that the actress was misquoted in her Elle interview which angered the screenwriter of Charlie’s Angels, John August. When asked about the lack of some artistic freedom on the set of the film, Elle quoted the actress saying, “Good actors never use the script unless its amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.”
John August was quick to defend the writers as he would not take an insult lying down. Pertaining to Jessica Alba, he said, “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. He continued, “Awkward, 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.”
Jessica Alba Fought Back Against The Allegations
Jessica Alba then answered the writer’s rant and said, “That wasn’t true. Just so it’s clear, films don’t even get made and nothing ever gets a green light unless there’s great material, that’s always a #1 thing before you can get a director, actors or a studio even interested in anything.”
The actress went on to say what she really meant, stating, “Basically I was saying that I didn’t have the courage and didn’t really understand how to bring my own thing to the table, and I would never veer away from the script, ever, no matter what. Even when actors would go off book, I didn’t know what to say.”