Tyler Perry Says He Never Would Have Signed On to Do 'Gone Girl' If He'd Had Any Idea Who David Fincher Was
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Tyler Perry Says He Never Would Have Signed On to Do 'Gone Girl' If He'd Had Any Idea Who David Fincher Was

By Vivian Kane | Miscellaneous | August 26, 2014 | Comments ()


Watching the new Gone Girl trailer, it’s hard not to be impressed by the cast. It’s got Affleck! (Who I was skeptical about, but won we me over with this beautifully awkward moment)

And look, Neil Patrick Harris! And Carrie Coon! And that woman from that thing! And… Tyler Perry? That seems like an odd fit. And as it turns out, Perry thinks so too. When he signed on to do the movie, Tyler Perry had NO IDEA who David Fincher was. No clue that the man has won two Oscars and been nominated for about a billion awards. Similarly, he didn’t know that the film is adapted from a wildly popular novel.

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… And my agent knew that! He didn’t tell me until after I signed on!

Oh, I’m sorry, Tyler Perry. Did David Fincher ruin all the indie cred you carefully cultivated with Madea Goes to Jail and Single Mom’s Club? How lucky for Fincher that you are so out of touch with your own industry to not recognize one of the biggest directors working today AND for some reason incapable of Googling the name of a script you’ve been given to find out it’s based on an incredibly popular book. Good thing, because now you can slum it in one of the biggest (and hopefully best) movies of the year.

Via Uproxx.

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  • Scorptilicus

    I'll admit, I had to look up who Carrie Coon is. I'm sure I'll get to The Leftovers at some point.

    But, hey, Google! Powerful thing, that. You should try it, Tyler.

  • kirbyjay

    Hack.....and I'm not coughing.

  • So this is why Tyler Perry puts his name on all his films: so he remembers who directed it.

  • cranky_chick

    I think Perry was aiming for humble, but came across as an uninformed jerk.

  • muscleman

    I think David Fincher feels the same way.

  • Does Tyler not have access to IMDb? It came pre-loaded on my phone ferchrissakes.

  • e jerry powell

    But seriously, after Alex Cross, why is Tyler Perry still in a real movie?

    On the bright side, this will increase the number of black people in the auditorium at next year's Oscars by one. Don't get me wrong, he won't even be nominated for anything, but they can use him to fill the seat behind Ben Affleck.

    Every bit counts...

  • Ben

    He has always seemed like a bit of an idiot. This just confirms it.

  • Sean

    He didn't want any actual talent to rub off on him

  • e jerry powell

    I dunno, he's been spending too much time around Phylicia Rashad and Loretta Devine...

  • Al Borland's Beard

    Wait, when did Tyler Perry overtake Madea as the dominant personality?

  • e jerry powell

    Who said he did?

  • zeke_the_pig
  • Jonewash

    I didn't read the article that was linked to, but if Perry really did say he's never heard of Fincher I call bullshit on that. He'd have to be ignorant of almost every director in Hollywood for that to be true.

  • Al

    Tyler Perry kind of comes off like an ass here. So yeah.

  • BendinIntheWind

    Alternate title: Tyler Perry Doesn't Know Shit About Shit

  • 95 Sports Guy

    So wait - JJ Abrams' Star Trek is OK, but this is not?

  • Jo 'Mama' Besser

    Huh? Does he refuse to eat his mush if it doesn't come to him via 'big airplane, for the big boy'?

    I'm confused.

  • nailpolishcolor

    Tyler Perry's David Fincher's Gone Girl

  • E Robb

    Based on the novel Push by Sapphire.

  • e jerry powell

    With special guest star Kimberly Elise...

  • googergieger

    Yeah enough about Tyler Perry, who is that sexy lady in that header pic?

  • Ian Fay

    Oh, she's taken. Her sister's single, though:

  • Jamie Dello Stritto

    To be fair, when I clicked through the links and read it, it seems more like he's saying he wouldn't have done it because of the pressure of playing a character in a beloved book with such a formidable director. I mean, he's still Tyler Perry, but there's a bit of context.

  • Naye

    I took that to be what he meant even without reading the article. Shameless as his movies may be, they guy is usually pretty humble. I mean he even says "had I known his body of work" "how popular the book was" those dont sound like shade statement. Sorry Pajiba posted this hate-bait without the context.

  • Ruthie O

    Yeah, I mean, he should be embarrassed he doesn't know the names and works of the biggest directors in the biz, but he actually gushed about what a great experience filming the movie was. I'm not a Perry fan, but whole interview actually makes him seem pretty grateful and happy about the experience.

  • Tommy Marx

    That's how I took it too.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    so he's a pussy instead of an idiot?

  • BlackRabbit

    Or a bad communicator? Just what you want in a director/screenwriter!

  • Repo

    After Alex Cross (which after seeing I'm also clear he signed on not knowing it was a book), I thought he was relegated back to wearing dresses in movies he funds. This is terrible news.

  • Sara_Tonin00


    *sigh* Your ignorance is showing. And you seem oddly proud of that.

  • Chrispeare

    There are no words.

  • Dave Antoine

    What an ungrateful schmuck. Perry also gave an interview where he said that he could've nailed the role played by Anthony Anderson in "The Departed", where that character talks about getting a BJ in his first scene and a movie featuring a lot of profanity and violence, and directed by a great director whose made a lot of movies featuring profanity and violence. What a hypocritical schmuck.

  • el_mediocre

    One time. Doing time. For a long time.

  • BendinIntheWind

    As someone who weirdly loves Anthony Anderson, I am sharpening my claws.

  • This would be a great place for a gif of Anthony Anderson in Harold & Kumar when he starts tearing apart the restaurant. Alas, I do not have that gif.

  • BendinIntheWind
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