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Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer - Jessica Alba interview

Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Interview by Rob Carnevale

JESSICA Alba chats [briefly] about reprising her role as Sue Storm in Fantastic 4: Rise Of The Silver Surfer...

Q. Did you identify with some of your character’s frustrations concerning never being able to lead a normal life?
Jessica Alba: Yeah, because her wedding keeps getting interrupted. Certainly, I think it’s interesting and it certainly parallels a lot of what we go through.

Q. What was more challenging – the emotional scenes or the action stuff?
Jessica Alba: The emotional scenes are fun because it means you get to play and build a human being in there. The action scenes can be a little tiring because you have to do the same thing over and over and over again. You can shoot a tiny little sequence over two to four days depending on how big it is. Also, a lot of the action scenes are done against green screens, so I’m just imagining what the London Eye looks like and what it feels like. I’m having to push it back with all this conviction without ever having seen it before, and yet Tim is going: “You have to push harder than that!”

Q. How does it feel to have your own action figure?
Jessica Alba: Really, it’s my family. They love it. I have a lot of cousins and they all collect everything. It’s completely surreal.

Q. What have you got from the comic book experience – was it what you expected or something different?
Jessica Alba: Well, this is sort of a similar audience to Dark Angel and Sin City. There’s similar fanboy loyalty, they do have very specific ideas of how they want to see their characters portrayed and Tim obviously took that into consideration and put in The Silver Surfer and brought back Doom.

But after all that, there’s nothing better than having a little girl coming up to you and saying how much she enjoyed seeing you on screen. That’s why we do movies and it’s the best feeling in the world.

Read our review of the film

Read our interview with director Tim Story