A major player in the movie industry not knowing who David Fincher is seems impossible. Even if you’ve never seen the likes of Se7en or Fight Club or Panic Room, the man’s received two Oscar nominations for Best Director in the past five years. Fincher is big-game Hollywood talent. If you’re involved in the industry, you’d have to at least know who he is, right?
Well, no. Not if Tyler Perry is to be believed.
The creator of the Madea series and a seemingly endless supply of other low-budget, high-earning hits is actually in David Fincher’s new movie Gone Girl, but he revealed to New York Magazine that he wouldn’t have said yes to the movie if he knew who David Fincher was:
“When he agreed to play Gone Girl’s charismatic defense attorney, Perry wasn’t familiar with the film’s inspiration or its A-list director (whose films include The Social Network and Fight Club). “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!””
Perry also revealed that he and Ben Affleck are now good friends who bonded on set, but that’s not nearly as bizarre as someone at his level not knowing David Fincher’s status as a director and the types of grim thrillers he’s known for making. It’s also extra strange that Perry didn’t even know the movie he was signing on for was based on a very popular book.
And so now we’ve got to wonder, how hard is it to get Tyler Perry to act in your movie? Did he only agree to appear in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek because he thought it was Star Wars?
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