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Tyler Perry Didn't Know David Fincher's Films Or What 'Gone Girl' Was When He Signed Up For The Movie

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist August 25, 2014 at 2:55PM

It's Tyler Perry's world and Tyler Perry is living in it, according to Tyler Perry. The writer/director/actor/producer/Madea, rarely lends his talents to projects that don't involve his creative hand somewhere in the mix, and when he does, his choices range randomly from the already forgotten thriller "Alex Cross" to the blockbuster "Star Trek." But, again according to Perry, he doesn't like to sign up for high profile projects, so why "Gone Girl"? Because he had no idea who David Fincher was.
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It's Tyler Perry's world and Tyler Perry is living in it, according to Tyler Perry. The writer/director/actor/producer/Madea, rarely lends his talents to projects that don't involve his creative hand somewhere in the mix, and when he does, his choices range randomly from the already forgotten thriller "Alex Cross" to the blockbuster "Star Trek." But, again according to Perry, he doesn't like to sign up for high profile projects, so why "Gone Girl"? Because he had no idea who David Fincher was.

“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,” Perry told Yahoo. “And my agent knew that! He didn’t tell me until after I signed on!”

In fairness to Perry, a thriller like Gillian Flynn's "Gone Girl" might simply not be his thing, and so it's entirely possible he didn't know about the best-selling book (and we're sure a lot of the people seeing the movie won't have read it either). So fine, he gets a pass for that. However, to be a director and not know David Fincher's films or even who he is, well, we're not quite sure what that's about. Needless to say, nobody tell Perry what's in the box at the end of "Se7en."

While the stories of Fincher's exacting method of multiple takes on set are legion, Perry said the director was “always smiling, and his only memorable multiple take experience involved throwing gummies at Ben Affleck's head. Okay.... 

"Gone Girl" opens on October 3rd. 

This article is related to: Tyler Perry, Gone Girl


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