Even in reviews of Gone Girl that are mixed or negative, Tyler Perry has still been receiving the unequivocal thumbs up.
Here for example is what less-than-impressed Boston Globe reviewer Mark Feeney wrote:
Playing a high-powered defense attorney, Tyler Perry is smooth, funny and unflappable. Gone Girl would be a lot more entertaining, and probably a lot better, if he and Ben Affleck had exchanged roles.
The choice of Perry by David Fincher is this film’s “greatest coup” (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire); the performance is “unexpectedly good” (Rafer Guzman, Newsday); it’s an “inspired piece of casting” (Tom Carson, GQ). And so on.
In interviews, Fincher has explained the very serendipitous way this slice of supporting-role magic came about. From a Q&A with Time Out Hong Kong:
“I love him. He’s a guy I went out of my way to talk into being in this movie. I met him when I was in Atlanta looking for soundstages for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. He has a huge campus with seven or eight soundstages.”
“As we walked up to the main building, I saw this guy on the roof, in a tracksuit with a radio-controlled airplane. He was flying it around in circles. Someone then said to us, “Mr. Perry will be right with you.” I thought, that’s who [the character] Tanner Bolt should be. He’s the guy who puts you on hold while he finishes flying his remote-controlled airplane.”
Perry’s previous non-Madea acting work includes the lead role in 2012 crime drama Alex Cross and the part of Admiral Richard Bennett in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek.
[Photo courtesy: Twentieth Century Fox]
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