In November Elle Magazine ran an interview with Jessica Alba titled: Jessica Alba: The Girl Can't Help It, The Magazine quoted Alba as saying “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.” Many screenwriters took offense including screenwriter John August [Big Fish], who responded on his blog, “I have to believe she was misquoted, or excerpted in some unflattering way … Oh, Jessica. Where to start?” & “Following your logic, you’ve never been in a movie with both good actors and amazing writing,”
August also accused the actress of setting “dangerous expectations” for aspiring actors in suggesting they should say whatever they want to say. In a recent interview during the promotion of Little Fockers, Alba clarified her remarks and criticized Elle for doing just what August had insinuated. “There was an article written recently where I was completely and totally paraphrased and things were taken out of context and mushed together,” Alba stated. “It was a four-hour interview that got condensed into a page and a half for a fashion magazine … Basically I was [really] 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.” So it appears Elle has the major issue, not Alba. Its not the first time a magazine has misquoted to gain attention.