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April 19 2014

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Alex Cross Hits NYC

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It didn’t take much for Tyler Perry to shed his iconic Madea costume and immerse himself in the title role of suspense thriller Alex Cross. “I’m actually a serious guy, so it wasn’t really a departure from my everyday life,” said the actor/writer/director at last night’s Cinema Society screening hosted by Summit Entertainment and Grey Goose at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. In the film, which co-stars Ed Burns and Matthew Fox as a twisted serial killer, Perry (pictured) reprises novelist James Patterson’s protagonist from the popular novel series based on a homicide detective twice played by Morgan Freeman, in Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Despite admitting the fight scenes and weapons training were new to him, Perry balked at reaching out to Freeman for any advice. “The man played God,” he quipped. “You don’t call God and ask how to play a role.” He did, however, have words for another man, named Tom Ford. Sporting one of Ford’s jackets, Perry lauded the designer’s menswear line. “He makes clothes for guys my size,” he told Style.com. “I just take it off the rack and it works—but I pay full price so Tom and I have to talk.”

Later, the crowd, which included Perry’s co-star Carmen Ejogo (pictured), Hilary Rhoda, Lily Kwong, and Theophilis London, headed to Graydon Carter’s soon-to-be-opened Beatrice Inn for the after-party. “I was here a long, long time ago,” said Debbie Harry, who arrived just after 10 p.m., referring to the haunt’s past life as an Italian-American eatery. “Graydon seems to have a knack for these things, but it was a much different place—not as chic. It was sort of like eating at a Subway.”

Photo: Adriel Reboh / PatrickMcMullan.com

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