Tuesday, February 1, 2011

WTF of the Week: Tyler Perry as a Leading Man???

Is it possible to scream AND vomit in my mouth at the same time?

I feel woozy, Mama.  Just sick all over...
Deadline.com reports that *spits out words* Tyler Perry has somehow pulled a swift one and replaced Idris Elba as the cerebral lead in I, Alex Cross, a film project which will revisit the role that Morgan Freeman played in Kiss the Girls with Ashley JuddNothing's set in stone yet, but this is craaazy.

Tyler Perry playing a detective/psychologist in a suspense movie?  Over the smoldering, "thinking sister's sexy" Idris Elba?  The Golden Globe-nominated Mr. Elba?

I almost have no words...but I'm powering through.

Please know that your cousin is to blame for this. 

Yes, your cousin who enthusiastically gets her butt in a theater seat for Madea's coonery, but cops the $4 bootleg of everything else.  She feeds the insatiable Perry hydra.
It's C.R.E.A.M. theory in action.  When it comes to the black community, Hollywood rarely cares about true artistry on the big screen.  Tyler has the power to do what he wants because he consistently makes tens of millions in profits out of 15 cent scripts and cinematography.

If you want to change things, you have to support black filmmakers who have actually studied their craft and are committed to putting out quality films.  Did anybody see Night Catches Us?  Do you know who Sanaa Hamri is?  Exactly.

I'm not saying that everyone has to see every little art house flick that shows at E Street or West End, but please encourage your friends and family to diversify their tastes.  If not, I could easily imagine a world in which Tyler Perry casts himself as the male lead in 21st century revamps of our greatest films.  In the current climate, Tyler Perry's Mahogany Too isn't as far out an idea as you might think.

*pulls covers over head, convulses in fear*

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