Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Issa Rae's HBO-Bound 'Awkward Black Girl'-esque Comedy Gets a Director Issa Rae's HBO-Bound 'Awkward Black Girl'-esque Comedy Gets a Director The Irresponsibility of 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' The Irresponsibility of 'What Happened, Miss Simone?' Zadie Smith Will Make Her Feature Screenwriting Debut, Teaming up w/ Claire Denis for Sci-Fi Project Zadie Smith Will Make Her Feature Screenwriting Debut, Teaming up w/ Claire Denis for Sci-Fi Project David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Abderrahmane Sissako, Effie Brown and More Invited to the Academy as Diversity Push Continues David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Abderrahmane Sissako, Effie Brown and More Invited to the Academy as Diversity Push Continues Review: Arriving on Netflix TODAY, Definitive Nina Simone Documentary, 'What Happened, Miss Simone' Review: Arriving on Netflix TODAY, Definitive Nina Simone Documentary, 'What Happened, Miss Simone' Haiti and the Dominican Republic - A Conflict Captured on Film Haiti and the Dominican Republic - A Conflict Captured on Film Fried Chicken & Drugs: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Writer Charla Lauriston Creates the Anti-­Strong Black Woman in 'Clench & Release' Fried Chicken & Drugs: 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Writer Charla Lauriston Creates the Anti-­Strong Black Woman in 'Clench & Release' A Muscle-Bound Michael B. Jordan Hitting a Speed Bag w/ Stallone's Encouragement in Pic from 'Creed' A Muscle-Bound Michael B. Jordan Hitting a Speed Bag w/ Stallone's Encouragement in Pic from 'Creed' Greetings From 'The Walking Dead: Season 6' Set as Daryl Plants an Unexpected Kiss on Michonne Greetings From 'The Walking Dead: Season 6' Set as Daryl Plants an Unexpected Kiss on Michonne Taraji P. Henson Books Lead in 'Hunger Games' Producer's Directorial Debut, ‘The Best Of Enemies’ Taraji P. Henson Books Lead in 'Hunger Games' Producer's Directorial Debut, ‘The Best Of Enemies’ PBS Yanks Ben Affleck 'Finding Your Roots' Episode + Puts Off 3rd & 4th Seasons Until Editorial Standards Improve PBS Yanks Ben Affleck 'Finding Your Roots' Episode + Puts Off 3rd & 4th Seasons Until Editorial Standards Improve Casting News - Teyonah Parris Is Spike Lee's Lysistrata + NWA Biopic Casts its Tupac, Jussie Smollett Heads 'Underground' Casting News - Teyonah Parris Is Spike Lee's Lysistrata + NWA Biopic Casts its Tupac, Jussie Smollett Heads 'Underground' Here's Your First Look At Taye Diggs in the Title Role in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Here's Your First Look At Taye Diggs in the Title Role in 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Teaser: Marques Houston, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Draya Michele Star in TV One Original Movie, 'Will to Love' Teaser: Marques Houston, Keshia Knight Pulliam and Draya Michele Star in TV One Original Movie, 'Will to Love' Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates 'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere) 'Supremacy' Director Deon Taylor Talks Race, Horror, and Working With Lela Rochon (LAFF Premiere) Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Tyler Perry Says He Had No Clue Who David Fincher Was Before He Accepted His 'Gone Girl' Role

Shadow and Act By Sergio | Shadow and Act August 26, 2014 at 6:30PM

No he didn't say that did he? Yes he did.
42
Perry Fincher

If you’ve seen the trailer for David Fincher’s much-anticipated thriller, "Gone Girl," which will be out this fall, it looks like an incredibly gripping thriller. And just judging from it alone, Tyler Perry, who was the unlikely choice for what is a major role as Ben Affleck’s lawyer, even looks like he gives a really solid performance in the film.

So maybe it was a surprise to learn that, in an interview published today by Yahoo Movies, Perry claims he had no idea who Fincher was before he accepted the role.

Like seriously? I’m not making this up. Read the piece here.

Here's the quote: "When he agreed to play Gone Girl’s charismatic defense attorney, Perry wasn’t familiar with the film’s inspiration or its A-list director (whose films include "The Social Network" and "Fight Club".... “I probably would have walked away from it. If I had known who David Fincher was, and his body of work, or if I’d known the book was so popular, I would have said, No,” he admits. “And my agent knew that! He didn’t tell me until after I signed on!”

Now, we’re not talking about some regular Joe audience member who goes to the movies once in while, and who I wouldn't necessarily expect to know about any particular director and his body of work. I could understand that if Perry wasn't who he's become. But he's no ordinary person. He's a filmmaker. And also, in this case, the director in question is an established, very successful filmmaker in David Fincher, with many credits to his name. Not someone obscure like Alain Robbe-Grillet, but David Fincher, one of the most influential directors of the last 20 years!

And furthermore why would he have rejected the role if he had known who Fincher was? Yes, he has a well known and established reputation for being very tough, demanding and known for doing some 50-60 takes for every scene. But most actors love a challenge like that, to be pushed to the limit. One wonders after working with Fincher did Perry have any change of attitude or some new point of view regarding filmmaking after working for someone who is totally committed to the craft.

Yeah, yeah I know what some of you are going to say. What does it matter? He has his own studio, he’s rich, he’s made it on his own, without Hollywood’s permission… yadda yadda yadda. But I’m not buying it. There’s no excuse for boasting ignorance.

This proves something I’ve always suspected about Perry - and that is, he just stumbled into films by accident, and that if he made the same amount of money in some other field, like say real estate, he would have been just as happy. Essentially, he doesn't have the passion for it. It was never about the art of it, but rather showing up all those people from his past who abused him, and challenged his worth. This is why he's never improved as a filmmaker,  nor even seems to care to.

It recalls a question we previously asked on this blog on who Tyler Perry's cinematic influences are.

It was never about films; instead, it was really about being a success. That’s all well and good. Just don’t call yourself a filmmaker.

This article is related to: Tyler Perry, WTF?


Shadow & ActNewsletter