News / Arts & Entertainment

Perry Takes on Edgy Role in 'Alex Cross'

(L-R) TYLER PERRY, EDWARD BURNS and JOHN C. McGINLEY star in ALEX CROSS
(L-R) TYLER PERRY, EDWARD BURNS and JOHN C. McGINLEY star in ALEX CROSS
TEXT SIZE - +
Alan Silverman
— Since he first appeared in the 1993 novel Kiss The Girls, Alex Cross has been one of author James Patterson's most popular characters. Morgan Freeman played the homicide detective and psychologist in a pair of films, but a new screen version stars Tyler Perry.


In Alex Cross, the toughest cases go to the title character, one of the Detroit police department's top murder investigators.

Away from the crime scenes, Cross goes home to his loving wife, two bright-eyed kids and their doting grandmother. But his peace is shattered when a sadistic murderer targets the detective's family. 
 


Tyler Perry is better known for writing and directing faith-based inspirational films. So the Alex Cross story is quite a change.

"The revenge and the fighting back …it's not me by nature," Perry admits, "but I think we all have a bit of it in us and I just had to find a way to tap into it.

TYLER PERRY (left) and EDWARD BURNS (right) star in ALEX CROSS
TYLER PERRY (left) and EDWARD BURNS (right) star in ALEX CROSS
Perry says his version had to be different from the way the detective was portrayed in the earlier films, Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider.

"I knew going in that I could not try to be Morgan Freeman playing Alex Cross," he says. "So in that sense I tried to forget everything that I saw and just go in and be the best that I could with it."

Author James Patterson, also a producer of the film, says Perry is actually closer in age and physical appearance to the way he describes Cross in the novels. However, this new screen version is more sinister and the action is moved from the Washington, D.C. setting of the books to run-down neighborhoods of Detroit in the Midwest.

"Look, the book is the book. It's there. Nobody can mess with it. And the movie is the movie. I'm comfortable with that," Patterson says.

TYLER PERRY stars in ALEX CROSS
TYLER PERRY stars in ALEX CROSS
Perry acknowledges that things he says and does as this character might shock his core audience, more accustomed to seeing him in a wig and dress as the funny old woman named Madea.

"I may lose a lot of the grandmothers who come out after church, but I'll do something for them a little later on," Perry says.

Alex Cross is directed by popular action filmmaker Rob Cohen. The cast features Matthew Fox as the  killer. Award-winning Cicely Tyson plays the detective's strong-willed mother.

You May Like

Multimedia Anti-Keystone XL Protests Continue

Demonstrators are worried about pipeline's effect on climate change, their traditional way of life, health and safety More

Thailand's Political Power Struggle Continues

Court gave Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra until May 2 to prepare her defense over abuse of power charges but uncertainty remains over election timing More

Malaysia Plane Search Tests Limits of Ocean Mapping Technology

Expert tells VOA existing equipment’s maximum operating depth is around 6 kilometers as operation continues on ocean bed for any trace of MH370 More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Messagei
X
Penelope Poulou
April 22, 2014 5:53 PM
Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pet Kangaroo Helps Spread Environmental Message

Children’s author Julia Heckathorn travels the world to learn about different ecosystems and endangered animals. She pours her knowledge into children’s books, hoping the next generation will right the environmental wrongs of our times. As in many children's books, the main character in Heckathorn's stories is an animal. Unlike those other characters, though, this one is real - a kangaroo, that lives in the author’s backyard. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.
Video

Video Pro-Russian Separatists Plan 'Federalization Referendum' in Eastern Ukraine

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine say they plan to move forward next month with a referendum vote for greater autonomy, despite the Geneva agreement reached with Russia, the U.S. and Ukraine to end the political conflict. VOA's Brian Padden reports from the city of Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine.
Video

Video Pope Francis Hopes Dual Canonizations Will Reconcile Church

On April 27, two popes - John the XXIII and John Paul II - will be made saints in a ceremony at St. Peter’s Square. VOA religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky says the dual canonization is part of the current pope’s program to reconcile liberals and conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church.
Video

Video In Capturing Nature's Majesty, Film Makes Case for Its Survival

French filmmaker Luc Jacquet won worldwide acclaim for his 2005 Academy Award-winning documentary "March of the Penguins". Now Jacquet is back with a new film that takes movie-goers deep into the heart of a tropical rainforest - not only to celebrate its grandeur, but to make the case for its survival. VOA's Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Boston Marathon Bittersweet for Many Runners

Monday's running of the Boston Marathon was bittersweet for many of the 36,000 participants as they finished the run that was interrupted by a double bombing last year. Many gathered along the route paid respect to the four people killed as a result of two bombings near the finish line. VOA's Carolyn Presutti returned to Boston this year to follow two runners, forever changed because of the crimes.
Video

Video International Students Learn Film Production in World's Movie Capital

Hollywood - which is part of Los Angeles - is the movie capital of the world, and many aspiring filmmakers go there in hopes of breaking into the movie business. Mike O'Sullivan reports that regional universities are also a magnet for students who hope to become producers or directors.
Video

Video Pacific Rim Trade Deal Proves Elusive

With the U.S.-led war in Iraq ended and American military involvement in Afghanistan winding down, President Barack Obama has sought to pivot the country's foreign policy focus towards Asia. One aspect of that pivot is the negotiation of a free-trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations. But as Obama leaves this week on a trip to four Asian countries he has found it very difficult to complete the trade pact. VOA's Ken Bredemeier has more from Washington.
Video

Video Autistic Adults Face Housing, Job Challenges

Many parents of children with disabilities fear for the future of their adult child. It can be difficult to find services to help adults with disabilities - physical, mental or emotional - find work or live on their own. The mother of an autistic boy set up a foundation to advocate for the estimated 1.2 million American adults with autism, a developmental disorder that causes communication difficulties and often social difficulties. VOA's Faiza Elmasry reports.
AppleAndroid

New in Music Alley

Beyond Category

Saxophonist Craig Handy has an exciting new band called 2nd Line Smith, which combines the organ-jazz repertoire of Jimmy Smith with the “second line” rhythms of New Orleans parade music. Craig Handy joins "Beyond Category" host Eric Felten at Washington’s Bohemian Caverns jazz club to talk about the music and perform with the band.