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Tyler Perry, Katie Couric discuss Whitney, weight loss, Lil Wayne during “Alex Cross” visit

Katie, Perry. Photo credit: Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Katie, Perry. Photo credit: Disney-ABC Domestic Television

Tyler Perry visited with Katie Couric this week to discuss his new movie “Alex Cross,” now in theaters.

The two also touched on his recent 30-pound weight loss, the rapper Lil Wayne, his friend Whitney Houston and her daughter Bobbi Kristina, among other topics.

Perry said Houston’s death occurred near his late mother’s birthday, making the loss even more heartbreaking.

“I’ve been dealing with my mother’s death since 2009,” Perry said during a Thursday appearance on “Katie,” which airs at 3 p.m. weekdays on Channel 2. “Feb. 12 was her birthday, and I got the call about Whitney right around that time.”

After the singer’s death at age 48 following a long battle with substance abuse, Perry arranged for her remains to be transported from Los Angeles to Newark on his private plane, and spoke at her memorial service.

It’s really tough to even talk about, even still, because she was such a wonderful, beautiful person and she was fighting so hard, you know? Fighting so hard, but had so many things pulling at her. I just want to make sure that her daughter has every chance to succeed.”

Bobbi Kristina and her family star in a new Lifetime show, launching Oct. 24. Previously she teamed up with Perry to star in some episodes of “For Better or Worse,” one of his television shows.

Here’s a video clip of Perry and Couric discussing Whitney:

Perry discussed losing weight for the role of Alex Cross, a hard-charging detective on the trail of a sadistic killer in the movie based on author James Patterson’s work.

He and Couric also discussed his charitable works and the rapper Lil Wayne. (Did you know Katie was such a fan?)

We recently talked by phone with Perry to talk about the role of Alex Cross.

Couric noted the struggles Perry faced early on, including a high school teacher who told Perry he’d never amount to anything.

“He said, ‘You’re poor and you’re black. The system is stacked up against you,’” Perry recalled. “There was always something in me that said, “That’s not true, don’t believe that, and work as hard as you can.’”

8 comments Add your comment


October 19th, 2012
10:04 am

Not much substance here. Most of this article is just re-hash of things that have already happened.


October 19th, 2012
10:29 am

Aren’t all articles a re hash of events that have already happened??? Jus sayin’


October 19th, 2012
10:41 am

During the interview with Katie, Tyler mentioned that he had been training in Krav Maga (Isreali hand to hand combat) for the fight scenes. He was trained locally by chief instructor and second degree black belt Eric Sepeda of Atlanta Krav Maga and Fitness. Eric was also the technical choreographer of the fight scenes in Alex Cross.


October 19th, 2012
12:03 pm

Suebee – when you place an ad in the AJC, don’t you normally have to pay a fee…….sly, you are not….

Jennifer Brett

October 19th, 2012
12:15 pm

Orlando FTW!!!


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October 22nd, 2012
12:46 am

This was an inspiring interview with Tyler Perry. I enjoyed hearing about his childhood and how he accomplished so much more than he was expected to by his teacher. Perry happens to be one of my favorite actors and screen writers. I also appreciated hearing him remember Whitney Houston. This interview gave me and my DISH coworkers plenty to talk about. I recorded it on my Hopper which was entirely convenient because I was able to start watching on my living room TV and then continued watching on my kitchen TV right where I left off.

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