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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Tyler Perry Helps Everyone Else Look Good in the First Trailer for "Alex Cross"

Okay, this is awkward. I don't know what's more uncomfortable: Tyler Perry out of his Madea granny outfit, or watching him try to be a real actor (even if it's just in a two-minute clip).

You be the judge. In the first trailer released for Alex Cross, the latest thriller adapted from James Patterson's bestselling series, Perry reprises the title role of the jilted Washington DC cop formerly played by Morgan Freeman.

Pause for reaction. Yes, we're supposed to believe Perry can take on Freeman's leftovers. Judging by the trailer, it doesn't seem plausible. Perry plays a street-wise detective who sets out on a mission to avenge the death of a family member at the hands of a serial killer who goes by the name Picasso (Matthew Fox). Eh...Perry really doesn't look like he can chase after anyone. And he doesn't seem as foreboding as Freeman's Alex was in the previous movies.

On the other hand, Party of Five and Lost alum Fox sure looks like he's shed the remnants of his past famous characters in this new role. Donning a body covered with tattoos, a shaved head, and Stallone muscles, he's barely recognizable in the trailer. But he looks threatening enough, for sure, especially for a character played by Perry.

Someone who's not featured in the clip is Breaking Bad and Do the Ring Thing star Giancarlo Esposito. He plays crime lord Daramus Holiday and, without even seeing him, I know he probably delivers (as always).

Jena Reno (The Professional), Edward Burns and Cicely Tyson also co-star in the film. So, by the look of things, Perry may be the weakest link. What say you?

Alex Cross hits theaters October 19th.


@ROBatGraveShift said...

Eh, I want to say that it's to early to call it, but you might be right... le sigh

Clarabela said...

Couldn't they find a better actor to replace Morgan Freeman? I can think of a few who are more talented and would fit this role better than Perry. Starting with Idris Elba!

Dave Enkosky said...

How can they not show Giancarlo in the trailer? I can already say he gives a better performance than everyone else in the movie.

Dan O. said...

Why Tyler Perry over Idris Elba?!? Really, were there not any other talented black actors out there either?

Gaby said...

I was surprised by Matthew Fox in the trailer. As for Perry, he was unimpressive. Totally agree with the comments. I would've loved to see Idris Elba instead.

Anonymous said...

co-sign on giancarlo esposito. ~~rocky

Anonymous said...

Seems like Mr. Perry took a page out of David Coruso's "How to be..." book.

Dankwa Brooks said...

I was one of those people, who gave Tyler Perry the benefit of the doubt, I don’t think he’s a bad actor at all. I liked what he did in his non Madea roles. He’s no storied thespian, but I didn’t think he was awful either.

Having said that, this looks like more of a Matthew Fox movie starring Tyler Perry. You know how Anthony Hopkins was in ‘Silence of the Lambs’ for like a total of 20 minutes, yet is considered a Co-Star and Lead Actor. As a fan of Fox from ‘Lost’ and knew he would bring it, just not to this degree. He looks badass!

I’m still giving Perry the benefit of the doubt, but it’s not looking promising.

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