Tyler Perry - a man who made his fortune dressing up in a women's dresses and running around in some of the broadest comedy known to man - is apparently way too indie to work with David Fincher. Yeah, I know...
Apparently, the Madea star would have refused to appear in Fincher's upcoming thriller [Gone Girl](movie:833123), if he had known who Fincher was or had any idea about the popularity of the original book.
In an interview with New York Magazine, Perry revealed he had never heard of the Social Network and Fight Club director, and wouldn't have agreed to be in his movie if he knew how mainstream it would be. The New York Magazine reports:
Fincher's adaptation of Gone Girl promises to be full of surprises – and Perry's involvement got the ball rolling when he signed on. The entertainment mogul behind the Madea franchise rarely appears in films he doesn't direct, write, or produce himself. 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, with these quotes, it's difficult to know the tone in which they were delivered, and I don't think we should assume Perry is trying to denigrate Fincher or Gone Girl here. Instead, it seems like he wouldn't have played the part if he knew how much pressure there would have been considering the popularity of Fincher and the original book. However, his comments are strange considering he also signed on to play Alex Cross in the recent reboot of the character, another film which was based on a pulpy well-known best seller by James Patterson.
Now, I don't know about you, but if I was going to appear in a movie, one of the first things I'd do is actually conduct the most minute amount of research into a) the director and b) the source of the actual movie. But maybe that's just me.
Are you glad Tyler Perry agreed to be in Gone Girl?