One of the more surprising castings in the new Star Trek movie is Tyler Perry, who has a couple of scenes in the film. Perry is best known as the producer, writer, director and star of his own films and TV shows, and Star Trek is actually the first film he has appeared in that he didn’t direct. In a new interview with BlackVoices, Perry talks about what it was like on Trek and being directed by JJ Abrams. [minor spoilers]
Perry talks Trek
[Excerpts via BlackVoices]
Black Voices: How fun was it to work on ‘Star Trek’?
Tyler Perry: It was really exciting. J.J Abrams is a fan and he called and asked me if I would be interested in doing the film and I was shocked. The timing was perfect and it was only a week. It’s a really small role. It really helped me to see what it’s like to be on someone else’s set.
Black Voices: What’s your role in the film?
TP: I’m the Commander of the Star Fleet. I run the school. I’m a pretty big guy, literally, and in the film.
Black Voices: Were you a ‘Star Trek’ fan?
TP: No, I only had two scenes with the two leads. I wasn’t a trekkie, but after seeing the trailer, I may become one.
Black Voices: I know you mentioned that Abrams is a fan of yours, but considering you haven’t acted in films outside of your own, did you wonder if he brought you on to bring in a large African American base to the film?
TP: I don’t know if that is what he was thinking. Looking at him and talking to him, he is the Jewish version of me. He works on television and works on films. He does not stop. He writes as well. I was watching him work and rework the scene, and there’s something about my story that is so similar to him in what I’m doing. I think it intrigued him as much as it intrigued me. I don’t think that demographics was the case of me being in the film; because they would have given me a supportive role rather than just a cameo. I think it was about him feeling me out and me about him, and I think it worked out okay.
More from Perry on Trek, Wolverine and other projects at BlackVoices.
Perry’s latest film, Madea Goes To Jail, opens February 20th, here is the trailer…