Actress Jessica Alba, the cover babe in December's Elle, is quoted saying that "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.” I can only imagine what they're saying on the writers' forums — and in agitated klatches at every Starbucks on Ventura Boulevard — but screenwriter John August blogs that he can only hope Alba was misquoted. "Oh, Jessica. Where to start?," he posts.
Scripts aren’t just the dialogue. Screenplays reflect the entire movie in written form, including those moments when you don’t speak. Do you know the real reason we hold table readings in pre-production? So the actors will read the entire script at least once.
Alba admits in the story that her roles up to now have been less than deep, but she says that will be changing.
Previously on LA Observed:
Journalist discovers he's related to Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba photo: Carter Smith