Today's Hot TV Spot: Alex Cross Starring an Angry Tyler Perry and a Creepy Matthew Fox
10.02.12 by Ryan
Hold the dress.
At first glance of the poster for the upcoming action-thriller Alex Cross, one might wonder why Tyler Perry made a movie without "Madea" in the title, which is understandable, but there's an explanation. The titular character is from a series of novels by author James Patterson, two of which have already turned into movies — 1997's Kiss the Girls and 2001's Along Came a Spider — with Morgan Freeman in the Cross role.
For Alex Cross, Perry takes over the role of Patterson's police detective and psychologist, and has to track down Michael "The Butcher" Sullivan (Matthew Fox), a former military officer turned cage-fighting serial killer who makes the case personal for Cross. Perry won't be the only actor making an image-shattering turn as Fox lost close to 40 pounds after training for six months to play the character. The Lost actor recently admitted to Collider that the decision to do so was all his.
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Because when I read the script, I really imagined this guy was kind of burning. His internal dialogue and his rationalization of his philosophy were burning so intensely that he would just look like that. Not because he spent any time in the gym, or because he was careful about his diet. Although, I’m sure he only fuels himself with like very intense things. But I felt that that was the image that jumped out to me.
Fox said that he was trying to figure out why his character has this "hyper-arrogance" to him. "I wanted to figure out his philosophy, at least for myself, not that it is going to be communicated in the film because I don’t think it necessarily will, but for me it was important that I find what motivates the guy," said Fox. Looking at the movie's extended TV spot, Fox certainly appears in a way audiences won't be familiar with.
Alex Cross was directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) from a script by Marc Moss (Kiss the Girls, Along Came a Spider) and Kerry Williamson. Rachel Nichols (Conan the Barbarian), Jean Reno (The Professional), Edward Burns (Man on a Ledge) and Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad) co-star.