alba01Jessica Alba has ignited controversy after reportedly making a comment about screenwriters, hinting that they are not necessary.

In the December issue of US Elle, the Machete star is reported to have said: “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.”

But screenwriter John August hit out at her alleged claims.

“I have to believe she was misquoted, or excerpted in some unflattering way because Jessica Alba couldn’t actually have said this. Oh Jessica, where to start?” he penned on his blog,

“Following your logic, you’ve never been in a movie with both good actors and amazing writing. That may be true, but it might hurt the feelings of David Wain (The Ten), Robert Rodriguez (Machete, Spy Kids 4) and Frank Miller (Sin City).”

John, best known for his collaborations with Tim Burton on Big Fish, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and the forthcoming Frankenweenie, continued: “Screenwriters can be your best friends. So if you’re not getting great writing – and honestly you’re not – ask to have lunch with the screenwriter.

“I’ve seen you in interviews. You’re charming. That charm could work wonders,” he added.