The cameo of Tyler Perry was a surprise addition for the new Star Trek movie for both the fans and apparently Perry himself. In a new brief interview with BlackFilm Perry says he isn’t a Trek fan and he took some convincing (and that Star Trek Nemesis could have derailed it). Apparently Perry felt an affinity with Abrams as they both are writer/director/producers who have worked in film and TV.
Perry on how he got the job:
J.J called and said, ‘I’m a fan and would love for you to do my movie’ and I was said, ‘Great! I’ll call you back.’ I called my agent and was like, ‘Who is this guy’ and he said I need to look at his stuff. I was so impressed with what he does because it parallels a lot of my own stuff.
When asked if he was a Trekkie, Perry said:
No. I’m telling you it was J.J Abrams. He talked me into it and it’s a good thing I didn’t see the last Star Trek movie or I would have said no.
For more from Perry on Trek, goto BlackFilm.com [contains spoilers on his role]
Taylor is currently promoting his new movie Meet The Browns, opening on March 21. It is likely that we will see more from Perry on Trek in the next few days. Here is the trailer for the film which was written and directed by Perry.
More on Taylor at his official site.