Not too long ago, Jessica Alba made headlines for reportedly telling an Elle writer: “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.” Considering she’d been in both The Love Guru and a Dane Cook vehicle, she might be forgiven for misdirecting bitterness at her agent towards screenwriters in general. Nonetheless, she recently went on record to explain her comments, claiming it was actually the reporter who went off script.
While promoting Little Fockers, Alba seized the opportunity to clear the air about this issue. When asked about her comments, she began by firmly stating, “That wasn’t true.” She went on to say, “Just so it’s clear, films don’t even get made and nothing ever gets a green light unless there’s great material,” and added, “that’s always a #1 thing before you can get a director, actors or a studio even interested in anything.”
“‘Nothing gets made without great material,’ she said while promoting LITTLE FOCKERS.” Hell, I’d let her ad-lib. That’s great stuff.
From there, Alba pointed a finger at Elle. “There was an article written recently where I was completely and totally paraphrased and things were taken out of context and mushed together,” Alba explained. “It was a four-hour interview that got condensed into a page and a half for a fashion magazine.” She went on to cite her own difficulty adlibbing to exemplify the importance of good writing. “When I was doing my first job where I was talking to dolphins in The New Adventures of Flipper when I was 13 – it was a fake dolphin, we had a great relationship [laughs] – when he would go off script, the dolphin, I didn’t know how to,” she joked. “He would squeak and I couldn’t squeak back. It took me like 15 years to learn to do that – and lots of therapy.” All joking aside, Alba wrapped things up by explaining, “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.” [CinemaBlend]
Oh sure, blame the dolphin. Anyway, I find this whole thing is a lot funnier if you imagine Jessica Alba crying in her therapist’s office while he holds up a dolphin hand puppet and says “Eee eee eee eee! …Squeak back at me, Jessica. Eee eee eeee! …C’mon! Squeak back at me!”