I auditioned the old fashioned way. I met with the casting director, put myself on tape, and he had to approve. It was like a week of, Does he think I suck? I just dont want him to think I suck. I dont even care if I dont get the role. I just dont want Robert to think I suck! And he didnt think I sucked. He came down and I met with him, recalled Alba, adding, At that time I looked at the graphic novel and I saw the pictures. I then found out that she was a stripper and she was bottomless and topless. You know, nudity was an option. We could have done it if we wanted to.
Nudity was an Option: Albas comment on nudity being an option brought out a few loud moans from some male journalists who apparently would have loved to have had Robert Rodriguez go that direction. Alba was adamant that nudity was definitely negotiable, if that was how Rodriguez wanted to go. It absolutely was an option. Robert said we could do it if we wanted to. Obviously it would have been more authentic. But I felt like dancing around with a lasso and chaps was going to be sexy enough. I think being nude for me would have been distracting. I really couldnt be bottomless in front of my dad. He would really I dont know. Hed disown me or something. Hed freak out.
Rodriguez stands by his decision to add some clothing to Nancy for the movie and said he believes Nancys sexiness comes across, even without the nudity. It was very important that we retained the sexiness of it. Like in the world of the comic, they just think that Nancys the sexiest person in the world and [addressing his comment to Alba] you did that. Thats all we needed. This works. It gets that across, explained Rodriguez.
The Physical Preparation for Sin City: I work out anyway just because its healthy to work out and women have health problems, especially in my family. So I just work out just to be healthy anyway, so that was already part of it. And I went to strip clubs to see how strippers do it. And I realized I wanted a choreographer and Robert said no. I was like, Okay He said, Just feel it. Were just going to play music and youre just going to feel it.
Rodriguez recalled that when he directed Salma Hayeks snake dance in From Dusk Till Dawn, he told the actress to just to do what felt right. Hayek requested a choreographer and claimed she didnt know how to dance, but Rodriguez knew shed catch on. You do it. You just go up there. I just knew, Just go up there and dance. You know how to dance. Its going to be something people wish they could choreograph, explained Rodriguez.
But Alba wasnt immediately convinced. Mind you hes saying Salma Hayek in From Dusk Till Dawn, the sexiest dance Ive ever seen on camera ever. And hes like, It will be like that. I was like, Like that? Are you serious? I have to live up to something. Like its iconic. There hasnt been a sexier dance ever and she wasnt naked.
Rodriguez said Hayek was nervous dancing around a stage with a snake, and Jessica Alba confirms she too had a case of the nerves. My heart was beating so fast. I was so nervous. And then I had some Texans teaching me how to rope and lasso.
She out there in the back roping and spinning the gun. She whacked herself in the head a few times. By the time she got to the stage she was just like a pro. We were just always watching. Oh, the tape ran out Oh, okay," confided Rodriguez.
2005 - The Year of Jessica Alba: Ive been doing this for 11 years so it definitely isnt an overnight thing. If people then know about me I dont entertain and I dont act for myself, or else I would just act in front of a mirror. I actually like having an audience and people being affected by stuff that Im in. I love entertaining and they just all happen to come out this year. The more the merrier I think!