Well looky what we gots here! Tyler Perry has gone and got himself a fitness plan and landed the November cover of Men’s Health (that was very nice of them don’tcha think?) just in time to talk about his starring role in Alex Cross.
Check out a couple excerpts below:
Tyler on his view of his body after his amazing 30-pound weight loss transformation for his role in Alex Cross…
“I walk into a room with a lot more confidence. All my life I’ve tried to hide my height. I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it. But with what I’ve been able to do with my body, I’m owning it. I’m standing up when I walk into a room.”
“Now, I feel like it’s okay to be thought of as s e x y.”
*barfs in paper bag*
LOL sorry, ladies. Does Tyler get you hot and bothered? Hit the flip for some career related quotes from Tyler Perry, including why he thought he could step into a role Morgan Freeman was well known for.
Tyler on replacing Morgan Freeman as Alex Cross…
“I thought, ‘Well, Morgan Freeman played this role, you might not want to do this, ’cause Morgan Freeman knocked it out of the park. But the more I read it, the more I realized that I could do it.”
That remains to be seen…
Tyler on seeing the big picture to play Alex Cross…
“With Alex Cross, people say it’s off-brand, a little different. But it’s on purpose. They release it here, release it internationally, and now my stock has gone up on my own catalogs. Everything is about moving the ship forward. . . .Outside the ship doesn’t matter. What’s in the ship is mine, and it’s going in the direction I think it should go.”
At least he knows it’s off brand.
Tyler on his journey to success despite setbacks in the past…
“I’ve worked my entire life to get to this place. The first 28 years of my life, it was hell and misery. Now I can do whatever I want. I don’t want any drama; I don’t want to argue; I don’t want to answer to anybody. I’ve worked too hard to get here, and I’m loving this freedom.”
Dang. Hell and misery though?
Tyler on the importance of using your own money when doing business…
“The thing about using other people’s money is they’re going to set the rules. So at the beginning I used my money, kept reinvesting in myself. Now I own all my content, as opposed to having someone else own it and me being ‘work for hire.’ That’s the difference between doing well and having generations of wealth to pass on to your children.”
This is actually really great advice. As much as we joke about TP we are kinda proud of him getting his achievin’ on.
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