Because neither David Fincher nor Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl had anything to do with Tyler Perry before he was cast in David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Tyler Perry was completely unaware of the existence of David Fincher, Gillian Flynn, and Gone Girl until his agent tricked him into taking the role.
That’s what Perry makes it sound like in a recent Yahoo! Movies interview where he casts aspersions on Fincher, presumably for the lack of wholesome messages and old-lady drag in his films:
“’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 apparently got along much better with co-star Ben Affleck, with whom he spent many happy hours singing along to Bette Midler’s “The Rose,” a song that must have been a great comfort to Perry faced with the difficult prospect of working with a two-time Oscar nominee like Fincher. Now Perry will have to draw upon those inner reserves once more, as the new Gone Girl teaser that debuted yesterday contains very little Tyler Perry.