Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Superhero Star Now Playing for Laughs; Cinema

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Superhero Star Now Playing for Laughs; Cinema

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CURVY Jessica Alba of Fantastic Four fame may have a screen image as a sexy action girl but in reality she's a bit of a goofball. And it's something the star gets to play up in her new romantic comedy Good Luck Chuck.

She plays an accident-prone penguin handler who enters the life of bachelor Dane Cook.

"I'm quite clumsy," admits the 26-year-old Californian. "More than any person should be, I think. I usually have to be incredibly self-aware just walking in heels, so it was fun being able to not hide that part of me."

Best known for Sin City and the television series Dark Angel, as well as playing Sue Storm in the Fantastic Four films, this is a change of pace for Jessica.

"I haven't really done any comedies before. People just didn't think that was my thing,"

It was when she cracked jokes while hosting the MTV Movie Awards two years ago that Dane Cook realised she could co-star with him in Good Luck Chuck.

Jessica says what appealed to her about Good Luck Chuck was the characterisation. "I'm not a huge fan of romantic comedies that have come out in the past five years because I feel a lot of them were too soft and didn't seem real. In this one they're crazy, they're eccentric, but at least they're real."

She and Dane instantly hit it off on the set of the film, even if in one lively scene they ended up bashing front teeth together while going for a romantic clinch.

Jessica reveals: "I chipped my front top tooth doing a kiss with Dane. We were tumbling over couches and his teeth slammed into my teeth.

"I now have a bond on my tooth and when I take it off I look like Jim Carrey in Dumb And Dumber," she admits. "I look really silly. But in a way it's kind of neat. I can take this thing off and be someone else for a little while."

Fortunately there were no such problems with her other co-stars, even the trained penguins. …

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