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Fantastic Four - Jessica Alba interview



Compiled w by: Jack Foley

Q. Were you aware of the comic books as a child?
A.
I actually wasn't very familiar with the Fantastic Four. I wasn't a big comic book reader as a kid. So my homework when I got the movie was to read the Ultimate Series.

Q. Have you had any experiences with fans whose expectations were really high?
A:
Not yet, no. For the most part, we've been on the road since the movie came out, so we haven't really been able to get a direct fan response to it. I was doing Sin City and Fantastic Four, so I didn't get to go on the floor like they did, and connect with the fans.
I was like going crazy going from one booth to the next. I was a little bummed out that we couldn't go to Comicon this year and see what everybody thought, because we did announce it officially at Comicon last year, and we got a standing ovation. Everyone was really excited. So knowing that the film did open and made money, and that people are receiving it so well, it would have been thrilling to go back to the fans to see what they thought.
We really did labour over this and did everything we could to make it as authentic as possible given the 90-minute timeframe we had to give so much information.

Q. If you had a super-power for the weekend? How would you enjoy it?
A:
The funnest of all of the powers, and the most selfish, is the ability to fly. I think that's one thing we could all really enjoy for a good long weekend. I'd fly in the night, of course, so I wouldn't have to deal with the press.

Q. What did you think of the negative reaction from some of the US critics?
A:
Anyone who was negative critically obviously didn't read the comic book and didn't know what the Fantastic Four was about for its time. They're also trying to pick Academy Award winning movies, not movies that audiences want to go to and have fun, and laugh for 90 minutes, and escape their everyday realities.

Q. You've done a couple of movies where you've been made to look sexy - this and Sin City - are you ever worried that people will just see you as a sexy female lead?
A.
I just think the more variety that people see in the different roles that I play the better. In Dark Angel I was a soldier, I wore turtle necks and jeans, but they still sold it as a sexy image.
In Sin City, obviously I played an exotic dancer; she had to be sexy.
In this movie, Sue Storm is sexy. I put on a tight outfit, I am the only woman, so of course that's what people's minds are going to go to.
But at the end of the day, it's alright. I'm employed and that's all I care about.

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