The Rebirth of ‘Alex Cross’ - Cinemark Q&A with Director Rob Cohen

October 18, 2012

Cinemark sat down with Director Rob Cohen about his recent movie, 'Alex Cross.' 'Alex Cross' follows the young homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best‐selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high‐stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.

Cinemark: Rob, how did you get associated with the project of 'Alex Cross'?

Cohen: I was looking to do something different and I was thinking about going outside the studio system. I've made 31 films and 30 of them have been for studios and 1 has been independent, which is ALEX CROSS. So, when I was approached by the producers about a new Alex Cross, I said 'Yes, but we can't do it with Morgan (Freeman, who portrayed the character in two previous films). Can we do it truer to the characters?' And when they said they were talking to Tyler Perry I went 'That's a great idea!'

I had met Tyler the year before and had really been stunned by how big and powerful he was. He's 6'6" and 240 pounds. So I thought it was a great casting move since he's such a big and athletic man. We could make him an action star, which I told him myself. And he laughed it off. But before we knew it we were in discussions and wrapping it up.

CM: Tyler's a great fit for the Cross character in more ways than one, right?

RC: He's the perfect fit because what you get with Tyler is the element of surprise and curiosity that you don't get with a more established dramatic actor. I knew he could do it because in my years of working with Richard Pryor we did a lot of talking about comedy and acting. His contention was with comedic acting he would first find the pain in the reality in the situation, and then turned it on its ear. So the process of being funny is a two-step process. Whereas dramatic is finding the pain in reality and it stops at the first step. So I knew if Tyler could do comedy, he could definitely do drama.

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'Alex Cross' makes its way to Cinemark theatres this Friday, October 19. Get your tickets now and let us know what you thought about the movie.


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