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Jessica Alba: Blame Flipper for My Anti-Screenwriter Comments

Remember when Jessica Alba told Elle, "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"? Take it away, Miss Alba: "There was an article written recently where I was completely and totally paraphrased and things were taken out of context and mushed together," Alba recently told reporters while promoting her role in Meet the Fockers. "It was a four-hour interview that got condensed into a page and a half for a fashion magazine." The point Alba says she had been trying to make was that she was often too timid of an actress to improvise, a sad fact she learned early on in her career. "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 — when he would go off script, the dolphin, I didn't know how to. He would squeak and I couldn't squeak back. It took me like 15 years to learn to do that — and lots of therapy." [Cinema Blend]

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