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J.J. Abrams is jealous of Tyler Perry
A common refrain from audiences as they watch the new "Star Trek" will be whispers of "Is that Tyler Perry?" It certainly is. J.J. Abrams recruited the successful playwright, screenwriter, director and actor (best known as the one and only Madea) to play the head of Starfleet Academy. It turns out Abrams is a huge fan of the hit filmmaker and even though Perry wasn't that familiar with the franchise, agreed to make "Trek" his first appearance outside a Tyler Perry production.
"He's someone who I’ve admired for years, not just in his abilities as a writer and director and actor but as an industry," Abrams says. "I mean, this guy is amazing and quite frankly, I’ve been jealous of him for a long time. The work that he’s done has been incredible."
As for Perry being under the guidance of another director (a rare event), Abrams recalls, "One day we were shooting one of the scenes and he was doing his lines and he was in the middle of it, he didn’t like it and he said 'Cut!' And he said, 'Oh, sorry!' He was just so used to doing his thing."