It’s that time of year for giving thanks and appreciating your loved ones, but there sure is a lot of hate going on in the moviemaking scene. Case in point: some recent comments from Jessica Alba and Mark Wahlberg.
To begin with, Alba is not a fan of director Tim Story or Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Speaking with Elle Magazine (via Cinematical), the actress recalled that her experience shooting the Fantastic Four sequel nearly led her to quit acting altogether.
During a scene where her character Sue Storm is supposed to be crying, Alba remembers that Story criticized: “‘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 all 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-ck it. I don’t care about this business anymore.'”
Alba had a whole lot more to say on the subject of working in film, including some choice bits about how first time directors are responsible for her worst movies and how great actors don’t need to pay attention to scripts: “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.”
In another, similar corner, Mark Wahlberg is finally saying what many moviegoers have been hoping to hear for years: he did not like The Happening. During a press conference for The Fighter, the Oscar nominated actor spoke about the first time he met co-star Amy Adams, who he was originally supposed to star in another movie with — a movie he was initially reluctant to name.
We had actually had the luxury of having lunch before to talk about another movie and it was a bad movie that I did. She dodged the bullet. And then I was still able to … I don’t want to tell you what movie … alright “The Happening.” Fuck it. It is what it is. Fucking trees, man. The plants. Fuck it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.
Seriously, can M. Night Shyamalan just not catch a break in this town?