Tyler Perry: “Having the opportunity to do something new and different is interesting to me.”

The media mogul stars opposite Ben Affleck in the thriller “Gone Girl.”

Ben Affleck and Tyler Perry in a scence from Gone Girl Photo by Merrick Morton

He may have dumped his dress for a robe, but in his latest role media mogul Tyler Perry is still dishing advice.

In “Gone Girl,” a thriller based on Gillian Flynn’s enormously popular novel of the same name, Perry plays a perilous lawyer with a flair for courtroom confrontations.

“He’s they guy you want on your side if you are guilty and he’s also the guy you want on your side if you are innocent,” says Perry who is known for playing the sassy elderly woman Madea. “Not only is he a very skilled lawyer, but he is a master manipulator of the media and a savvy PR man.”

In the David Fincher directed thriller, Perry plays defense lawyer Tanner Bolt. He stars alongside Ben Affleck whose character  is accused of murder after his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) goes missing.  A disturbing thriller which takes several surprising twists and turns, for Perry, it was the perfect vehicle to flex his dramatic muscle.

“Once I realized the weight of this project, it was something I absolutely wanted to be involved with.  I live in this fricking bubble – and I had heard of David Fincher, but I did not put immediately put together that a lot of my favorite movies were directed by this same guy – and that speaks to the brilliance of someone who brings to each project its own style and its own life.”

As the film opens, Nick Dunne (Affleck) is sitting at a bar he co-owns with his sister on his fifth wedding anniversary when gets a call from his neighbor, saying his front door is ajar. He rushes home to investigate and finds broken furniture, shattered glass and traces of blood and his wife, Amy (Pike) missing.
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He calls the police who immediately suspect him.  Initially everyone is on his side till a turn of events take place and each aspect of their relationship comes under scrutiny. That’s the set-up for “Gone Girl.”

After bringing Stieg Larsson’s novel “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” and the Oscar winning film “The Social Network,” to the big screen, Fincher, who has spent the last 20 years making disturbing films about betrayals and mind games has crafted a visceral, cinematic experience with “Gone Girl.”

“He and I had a great chemistry together,” continues Perry who says he learned a lot from the director. “Once I began to understand his eye and what he’s seeing, he became a case study for me. He does not see like the average human being. He can look at a blank wall and you will see nothing but a blank wall while he’s seeing 20,000 different qualities. He’s very patient but he’s seeing everything all at once – in clear focus – and once you understand that you’re ready for the ride with him as an actor.”

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