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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I'm Getting Pretty Excited for Tyler Perry's Gone Girl

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Sure, the Gone Girl movie adaptation is directed by David Fincher, but the eagerly awaited film—starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike—will also feature Tyler Perry, a very successful director in his own right*. In addition to acting in his own films, Perry also appears, every once in a great while, in other peoples' movies—like his inexplicable cameo in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, or his starring role in Alex Cross**.

And now Tyler Perry is giving interviews about working with Fincher and Affleck on Gone Girl, and they are magical. I highly recommend reading the entirety of Gwynne Watkins' Yahoo! Movies interview with Perry, Tyler Perry and Ben Affleck Became Best Buds During Gone Girl," because it will make you feel like you're fucking drunk, but here are some highlights from that interview and another one at Vulture. Perry's quotes in both pieces are so similar that I can't tell if the interviews are from the same junket, or if Perry just has his gummy bear-related anecdotes down to a goddamn science:

Tyler Perry would not have been in Gone Girl if he knew David Fincher was directing. He also did not know 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,” he admits. “And my agent knew that! He didn’t tell me until after I signed on!” (Via.)

Ben Affleck loves candy! Good thing, too—because in a scene in Gone Girl, Tyler Perry will throw gummy bears at Ben Affleck's face!

“Listen—the man walks around with packs of Jolly Ranchers in his pockets,” Perry says of Affleck. “He loves them!" (Via.)

Tyler Perry had no idea how David Fincher works ("the blood was draining from my face," he recalls, when Affleck told him Fincher would be doing a minimum of 30 takes for his first scene), and also, David Fincher taught Tyler Perry to to make movies. Which is good, since Perry makes a lot of them.

"[Fincher] is the master, man. He is just great. I loved working with him. I learned how to make a movie, number one. — I was just soaking everything up. I was paying attention to every move, every word, everything he was saying when he'd talk to the camera people, the DP — just the level of communication and director-speak was awesome. It makes me want to approach [my next project] with just a little more patience." (Via.)

I'm not even going to include the parts about Perry's on-set Bette Midler sing-alongs. I'd also like to take this opportunity to forcefully urge 20th Century Fox to make sure the Gone Girl Blu-ray includes a commentary track by Madea.

Tyler Perry's Gone Girl opens in theaters everywhere on October 3.

*"There is NO ONE in the world making movies with as much authoritative power and disregard for critical opinion as Tyler Perry, and he gives us roughly two films a year," writes noted Tyler Perry scholar Evan Saathoff, who is correct.

**Ned Lannamann's review of Alex Cross can be boiled down thusly: "Owwww. Oh, jesus. Hoooolffffff. Ungh, I'm really sorry about this. I wonder if I ate somethi... oh shit. Oh god. Oh godddd."


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