Tyler Perry is feeling sexy. In his cover story with Men’s Health magazine the multi-hybrid entertainer says the weight he lost in preparation of his role in Alex Cross has given him a new boost of confident. Mr. Madea also talks about what it’s like reprising the role originally played by the legendary Morgan Freeman.
On how he’s feeling about life these days:
"I’ve worked my entire life to get to this place," he says, reclining in a chair inside the emptied-out, oak-paneled conference room. "The first 28 years of my life, it was hell and misery. Now I can do whatever I want. I don’t want any drama; I don’t want to argue; I don’t want to answer to anybody. I’ve worked too hard to get here, and I’m loving this freedom."
On tackling a role once played by Morgan Freeman:
"I thought, ‘Well, Morgan Freeman played this role, you might not want to do this, ’cause Morgan Freeman knocked it out of the park,’" Perry recalls. "But the more I read it, the more I realized that I could do it."
How he dropped weight for the role:
To whip his body into shape for the film—which was directed by Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious, xXx) and costarred Matthew Fox—Perry worked with a trainer to drop 30 pounds and add shirt-bulging muscle. His hourlong morning circuits include cardio, body-weight moves, and free-weight and cable work. Afternoons he practices Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art he initially learned for the movie’s fight scenes, and which eventually evolved into an ass-kicking workout.
How the weight loss makes him feel:
"I walk into a room with a lot more confidence," he says. "All my life I’ve tried to hide my height. I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it. But with what I’ve been able to do with my body, I’m owning it. I’m standing up when I walk into a room."
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