A lot of people were disappointed with Prometheus, both high-profile and low. I thought it was laughably stupid at points, but still enjoyed it overall — Bret Easton Ellis agrees with me (follow him on Twitter, dude has LOTS of opinions). Tyler Perry, on the other hand, in a recent interview with Blackfilm…
What kind of movies did you used to watch growing up and how did they influence you?
TP: The first movie I ever saw was The Wiz and I danced all the way home. I was 5 or 6 years old and I danced all the way home from The Gallo Theatre down in New Orleans to my house. But when it comes to movies, I never really saw them in the theater. We didn’t have that kind of money so we would always have to wait for them to come on television. I love Sci Fi, I love the Alien movies and the Alien franchise. I was very disappointed with Prometheus, but I love that whole franchise. Those are my favorite movies. I’m actually working on a sci-fi movie right now.
Can you tell us a little bit about that?
TP: No but I’m writing a sci-fi movie that I’m really excited about. But I don’t have any one movie that made me say ‘Ooh this is it’ but The Wiz was my first film experience.
Easy joke of all easy jokes: Tyler Perry probably had trouble wrapping his mind around the fact that it wasn’t a film about a man named “Darrell Prometheus,” who struggles to raise his metheing above an amateur level through prayer. Or maybe he’d steal fire from the Gods, but only because he and the other Titans were barely struggling to make ends meet, and the Gods would eventually hire Prometheus as their housekeeper, and everyone learn a valuable lesson of some kind.
Anyway, the rest of the interview isn’t especially noteworthy, but Tyler Perry does mention formerly dating Tyra Banks. I either never knew that or forgot, but my God, can you imagine a more blowhardy power couple? That’d be like Aaron Sorkin banging Gloria Allred, a couple whose combined hot air could create a hurricane that could knock out power in Bermuda. If I got cornered by Tyra Banks and Tyler Perry at a cocktail party I’d probably jump out the window.