By Meghan Blalock
Updated Oct 19, 2012 @ 4:49 pm
Alex Cross Tyler Perry
Credit: Everett Collection

Tyler Perry takes on his first dramatic big-screen role in Alex Cross, out today, and there’s one major wardrobe moment that helped him get into the role—the trench coat. “The Alex Cross coat really made me feel big and strong and powerful, like a superhero with a cape,” Perry told at last night’s New York screening, hosted by The Cinema Society and Grey Goose. (That's why the team brought in costume designer Abigail Murray, who also worked on 666 Park Avenue.) And his character needed superhero-like qualities—the film tells the story of Dr. Alex Cross, a homicide detective who faces emotional highs and lows as he deals with a highly-skilled serial killer named Picasso (played by Lost’s Matthew Fox). The story is a prequel to the 1997 film Kiss the Girls, which starred Morgan Freeman as Cross, and based on a series of novels by best-selling author James Patterson. Even the author, who helped pen the screenplay, said he considers wardrobe when he’s writing for the big screen. “When you’re writing a detective, you have to be careful that the audience is going to buy into what he’s wearing,” Patterson told “Yes, that he looks good, but also that it’s believable. I think the key with Perry’s style was that he looks good, but also that you believe him as a cop, which isn’t the easiest thing in the world.” Alex Cross is now in theaters nationwide.

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