Ben Affleck Warned Tyler Perry that ‘Gone Girl’ Director David Fincher Requires a Minimum of “30 Takes”


Gone Girl is expected to be one of the biggest movies this fall. After being a wildly successful book by Gillian Flynn, the film adaptation is coming to the big screen with Ben Affleck leading the way.

Tyler Perry is stepping in front of the camera as well playing Tanner Bolt, the lawyer for Affleck’s character. He talked to Vulture about what it was like working with director David Fincher and what he thinks about his on-set directorial style.

After seeing the film, Perry said, “To me, it looked great. I was beyond impressed, blown away. I laughed and I was moved and I just thought the performances were amazing.”

The movie mogul took an interesting approach though to his role. He didn’t want to be influenced by the book. “I didn’t read the entire book, because I didn’t want to take in a lot of the backstory of the characters if it wasn’t in the script for the film. I didn’t want to have a lot of that in my head,” revealed Perry.

Fincher wanted the 44-year-old actor/director for the role after seeing his work in Alex Cross. Perry explained, “He called and said, ‘I’ve got this role that I’d love for you to do,’ and I was like, ‘Are you sure?’ And he was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I really want you to do this.’ We spoke about it, and I said, ‘I’d love to.'”

As a director, working with Fincher was an interesting process for Perry. His approach to shooting was the most unique the Good Deeds star has ever worked with.

“Nobody told me. The first time I found out he did that was on set. One of my first lines, on the first day, Ben goes, ‘Just want you to know, minimum, 30 takes.’ And the blood was draining from my face. I turned around and I was like, ‘Are you serious?’ He was like, 
’Yeah, yeah, yeah.’ But I’ll tell you what I found, what I found in it. I love studying people. And I realized that this man sees like no other person I’ve ever known,” Perry shared. “I think his own vision is hyper, so when he’s doing a take, he’s seeing everything on that screen all at once. I mean, it’s almost like some kind of alien. And until all those things line up, he’s not happy. But he is brilliant at getting the perfect shot. So once I realized that it’s not me, or it’s not Ben — it could be a napkin turned the wrong way, he’s just looking at every little detail in the scene — so once I realized that, I was ready to go with it. He is the master, man.”

Gone Girl hits the big screen on Oct. 3.

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