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.