In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, which is a modern day adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, MiserAlba says that she decided her character Sue Storm should cry during a very pivotal scene. Now I’m assuming that MiserAlba came up with this decision on her own since she uses her highly skilled instincts as the script.
MiserAlba’s sadface was much too real and human for the movie’s director Tim Story so he told her to pull back and make it pretty. It was that moment that made MiserAlba almost quit acting for good. Acting is like, “Um, when were we ever together?”
“[The director told me] ‘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.’
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, ‘Fuck it. I don’t care about this business anymore.'”
CGI TEARS?! That is some S1m0ne shit. But it’s a really good thing our generation’s Laurence Olivier never said goodbye to acting, then film professors and historians wouldn’t have her work in The Love Guru and Valentine’s Day to use as a reference for true thespian talent. And if MiserAlba ever quit acting, the Razzies would have to shut down and nobody wants that.