NEW YORK -- Tyler Perry writes, directs, stars in and produces his own movies and TV shows, so he doesn't have much time for outside projects. One he's glad he made work is a role in director David Fincher's upcoming film, "Gone Girl."
Based on the best-selling novel by Chicago's Gillian Flynn, "Gone Girl" is the story of a man who comes under suspicion in the disappearance of his wife. The movie, scheduled for release next October, stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike.
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"Gone Girl" is "the most educational, awe-inspiring thing that I've ever done," Perry said in a recent interview.
"Sitting in his presence, in his genius, the man is a genius," he said of Fincher. "It really makes me go, `Whoa, let me just stop and take this in,' so it's been wonderful."
And, as one filmmaker to another, he's humbled by working with the Oscar-nominated director.
"I'm a storyteller. That man is a di-re-ctor. He is amazing. And to watch him work and to watch how he paints his pictures, the tableaus, everything is really just beyond anything I could ever imagine."
Perry plays Madea, a big and boisterous grandmother he's made popular in previous movies, in "Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas," now in theaters.