Lance Gross Talks “Temptation,” Tyler Perry And Why We Should Give Kim Kardashian’s Performance A Chance

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March 30, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

Temptation

After some pretty good promotion and some very captivating trailers (“He’s going to take you straight to hell…”), I’m sure you know that Temptation was released yesterday, and everybody and their mothers will be in the movie theater watching it. While promoting the film, one of the film’s very fine stars, Lance Gross, opened up to the Huffington Post about all the early backlash the movie received (back when it was still called The Marriage Counselor) because of Perry’s choice to allow Kim Kardashian to be in it. But Gross says that while he can understand why people might be upset about her being in the movie, she actually did a great job so people should give her and her performance a chance before they talk crazy.

So what is the movie about? Clearly its center is the fight to resist the temptation to cheat. While no one would dare cheat on Gross in real life, his character of Brice doesn’t have the same luck:

“He’s a small town guy, very passionate about his career, on his way to becoming a pharmacist. And he’s just a very regular guy. He married his childhood sweetheart, “Judith,” played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell. Along the way, as far as his relationship, he becomes comfortable and stops doing the things that he used to do to make her feel special. And then she meets this guy and the temptation comes in. He shows her a whole new world that she’s just not used to. So I spend most of my time in the movie fighting for my marriage.”

He also discussed how Perry is also starting to target a wider audience with his films and what kind of director Perry is:

“It’s definitely different. Tyler has his thing. He appeals to a certain type of audience, but Tyler really targets the African-American, church going community. And actually, it’s really growing now. Tyler works very quickly, he knows what he wants and he executes. It’s like a good boot camp for an actor, because it’s just puts you on your “A-game.” It prepares you for other directors who tend to take their time. But it’s depends on who it is, because some directors work fast like Tyler Perry and some like to take their time and do 17 takes.”

As for Kim K…

“I’ve been working with Tyler since 2007 and he has a great business mind. He knows what he’s doing and he knows what he wants for his films. So I don’t really question his decisions in casting people. To Kim’s defense, she did a great job. The role that he gave her was well thought out. It was something that he believed she could execute. And I think she brought her “A-game.” I get what all the fuss was about, but at the end of the day you got to give people a chance. And I feel like she really proved herself.”

I guess we’ll see now won’t we?

Are you catching Temptation this weekend? 

 

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  • kay

    The movie was great to me! It had spin to it, you werent expecting! And Kim did ok, she played a fashion guru, label chic..pretty much…but I give her a A for effort! Love the movie Tyler doing his thang!

  • Laine

    I feel for Jurnee, she is a very good actress and she got shafted in the publicity for this movie for Kardashian pretty much “playing herself ” and I’m supposed to praise her acting ability. Acting is playing a chracter that is not yourself that’s the point. I did support this film for Jurnee Smollett and nobody else PERIOD. I hope she gets more chances to really show what she can do, she truly deserves it. She’s a real talent that’s been slept on for far too long.

  • JazzyLady21

    I lifted my TP movie ban and saw this movie b/c I love Jurnee and Lance. Kim wasn’t bad at all in this movie; but as many others have stated Kim’s part was not needed at all. She basically said the same thing every time she came on screen; which was a total of about 7mins. TP wanted cross over appeal and that was the reason he wrote the part for Kim. The thing that Tyler doesn’t understand is, if he wants the cross over audience he has to evolve as a filmmaker and writer. While I won’t say this movie is terrible, b/c it wasn’t, it definitely wasn’t great. It seems as though Tyler has no interest in bettering himself and his craft. In reality he really doesn’t have to b/c we, African Americans, continue to support his movies no matter how bad they are. What he has to realize is the “crossover” audience is not going to go to a movie just b/c you put one person in it. He can put KK in all of his movies but i his writing has to get better in order to get an crossover audience.

    • FromUR2UB

      I think there is an important detail that you’re overlooking: regardless of whether their endeavors were in business, entertainment or politics, blacks have never become successful without the support of other black people. Blacks in entertainment were usually sustained by black audiences, even when the crossover acclaim never happened. That’s why there’s a show on TV One called ‘Unsung’. The fact that many of those artists didn’t acquire mainstream fame doesn’t mean that they were no good, or not good enough. I don’t understand what you mean when you say he has no interest in bettering himself or his craft…what you’re comparing them against. I’ve seen the improvements since his first movie. The only way one can improve in moviemaking, is to continue making movies. If making a movie were easy, everyone would do it. Perry has found his niche in the industry, and he should remain true to his formula. Chasing the crossover carrot is what does some people in, because they forget who their audience is. I like what T.D. Jakes said on Roland Martin’s ‘Washington Watch’ this morning. He said that he’d rather not criticize another person’s project, and that if people don’t like someone else’s movies, they should just pick up a camera and make their own.

      • JazzyLady21

        You’re right blacks do become successful with the support of other black people that fact is not lost on me. However, I think your missing the point of what I was saying. Tyler Perry is the one who casted Kim K “to reach all audiences” in other words not just a black audience. This was what he stated when he wrote his open letter after the uproar of the casting of Kim. So he is looking to have a greater appeal and audience; which from a business stand point is not a bad thing. Yet, when you read audience reviews and actually talk to people of different races the underlying theme is the same; Tyler Perry has great ideas for movies but the movies don’t seem like they are put together well. I hear it, read it all the time and watching it his movies at times make me cringe because I see really great potential but the stories are undeveloped. I do like Tyler Perry and what he is trying to do but we all have room for improvements. If he would take the time to invest in his self by taking writing classes or maybe hirer an outside consultant to help him develop better story structure, it would help him appeal to a greater audience. I edit different shows in the industry and I know how it is to have people criticize your work, especially when you’re so close to a project but through peoples criticisms I grow as an editor. We can all benefit from constructive criticism. No shade, just my OP…

        P.S. I love Unsung ;-)

  • Missy

    Good Movie, but Kim K and Vanessa were bad. Kim was stiff and wooden. She was playing herself but was bad at it. Vanessa’s accent was simply horrible.

  • BeeBee

    I think the movie was great. Great message. The cast did really well including Kim lol. They part was just for her.

  • Keisha Samoht

    I heard she wasnt that bad… so once i see it; i’ll give her a break and not dislike her as much as i currently do…

  • So Over Tyler Perry Originals

    Could really careless about Kim K or the character she played. I’m more disappointed that Tyler Perry has taken another concept with such great potential and bombed it yet again. Usual formula,,, blah blah happens and someone finds Jesus. Totally TP’d it, in my book TP is used to wipe….. You want a knowledgeable sister’s money and support, give me a plot that is actually mentally stimulating.

  • So Over Tyler Perry Originals

    Could really careless about Kim K or the character she played. I’m more disappointed that Tyler Perry has taken another concept with such great potential and bombed it yet again. Usual formula,,, blah blah happens and someone finds Jesus. Totally TP’d it, in my book TP is used to wipe….. You want a knowledgeable sister’s money and support, give me a plot that is actually mentally stimulating.

  • So Over Tyler Perry Originals

    Could really careless about Kim K or the character she played. I’m more disappointed that Tyler Perry has taken another concept with such great potential and bombed it yet again. Usual formula,,, blah blah happens and someone finds Jesus. Totally TP’d it, in my book TP is used to wipe….. You want a knowledgeable sister’s money and support, give me a plot that is actually mentally stimulating.

  • chanela

    nah fck that! give black actresses a damn chance! the kardashians are everywhere enough as it is! smh

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephanie.s.richardson.562 Stephanie Sheky Richardson

    I just came home from seeing the film…please tell me why there was a collective sigh of disgust throughout the theater every time Kim K. came on the screen…lol Movie overall was good. Kim K. really wasn’t necessary…she wasn’t awful, but character wasn’t needed. Also the film had a great message…nice film

    • mac

      collective sigh of disgust…I’m dying lmbo

  • mac

    Interesting. According to many reviews, she was awful. Now whose word shall I trust?

    • http://twitter.com/oHIo_Liliann Liliann

      Your own. Check it out for yourself.

  • FromUR2UB

    I saw the movie today, and had already forgotten she was in it. She didn’t really add anything. I interpreted her role as an extension of herself. I thought the movie was pretty good, though. I felt Judith was wrong for never telling her husband how she felt about their relationship. She seemed to think he should have just known. Saw a couple of people in the audience with their kids, appeared to be ten or younger. I don’t think kids should be shielded from the realities of life, but if you want a child to be a kid and act like one for the time they are one, then this movie isn’t appropriate for that. There were other movies playing that are more kid-friendly.

    • http://twitter.com/oHIo_Liliann Liliann

      Wow! I appreciated how toned-down the intimate scenes were (In some movies they can go on for 5+ minutes). But I agree with you that this was not kid-friendly.

      • FromUR2UB

        You’re right. I hadn’t watched network TV in a while, and tonight I tuned into “The Good Wife”, and thought the movie was tame compared to what they were saying on that show. I guess the kids should be in bed by the time that comes on, but geesh!

  • Law

    so from the article, because a woman or man is attractive.. they are less likely or less deserving to get cheated on. Really?

  • Suchalady

    I agree with a comment on Facebook. It was a good movie, (especially for a Tyler Perry film) but the wife switched lanes way too quickly. That’s one of my issues with his films, there’s usually an unrealistic aspect in it. Other than that it had some great lessons. Lance and Jurnee’s acting was excellent.

  • def1729

    Does it not bother Lance Gross that more focus is on Kim Kardashian than on the real actors in the movie?!?! Tyler Perry knew what he was doing when he cast her in the film but it’s a real slap in the face to the audience that made him who he is or to a real actor who could use a break.

    • Chocolate_Star

      I said the same thing. Jurnee Smollett should feel the worst because
      she’s the leading lady in this movie. I think Tyler Perry secretly took this movie as a chance to have his turn with Kim K. He is doing too much.
      He even held a contest for people to write a “slow-jam haiku” about her
      to win a prize pack to commemorate the release of the movie. Then had
      nerve to brag about young girls looking up to her. Her claim to fame is a s e x tape with Ray J and sleeping with black athletes and rappers. Since
      when did young girls looking up to a pronstar/industry heaux become a
      good thing?

      • SunshineBlossom

        Yeah… About that looking up to her comment… How the HECK would they look up to her? Ugh, parents are just not educating their children on what happens when you don’t have proper role models growing up. They are basically saying that it’s okay to hop between men and get pregnant by someone else while still married! Granted, women do this everyday, but it’s the glorification of it that’s ruining the healthy self esteem of women.

    • Chocolate_Star

      I said the same thing. Jurnee Smollett should feel the worst because
      she’s the leading lady in this movie. I think Tyler Perry secretly took this movie as a chance to have his turn with Kim K. He is doing too much.
      He even held a contest for people to write a “slow-jam haiku” about her
      to win a prize pack to commemorate the release of the movie. Then had
      nerve to brag about young girls looking up to her. Her claim to fame is a s e x tape with Ray J and sleeping with black athletes and rappers. Since
      when did young girls looking up to a pronstar/industry heaux become a
      good thing?

    • Chocolate_Star

      I said the same thing. Jurnee Smollett should feel the worst because
      she’s the leading lady in this movie. I think Tyler Perry secretly took this movie as a chance to have his turn with Kim K. He is doing too much.
      He even held a contest for people to write a “slow-jam haiku” about her
      to win a prize pack to commemorate the release of the movie. Then had
      nerve to brag about young girls looking up to her. Her claim to fame is a s e x tape with Ray J and sleeping with black athletes and rappers. Since
      when did young girls looking up to a pronstar/industry heaux become a
      good thing?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667123331 Dominique Pauyo

    Bad movie with bad casting and awful acting!!

  • Yes

    Kim K did do a good job… at playing herself with a different name

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikia.dshiznit Nikia D-Shiznit

    He was targeting the black audiences by putting KK in the movie. He knows black people, particularly black men will flock to see her in the movie. KK is a very profitable commodity, and once again, a black man is exploiting her under the guise of “oh, just give her a chance.”

    • mac

      He was targeting black people by casting KK? Well considering the outrage and the people who swore off his movies after that, I can’t imagine it was a very good strategy.

      He was trying to gain crossover appeal. She is one of, if not the most talked about person in the general mainstream media, particularly “white media” and he was trying to appeal to an additional audience other than just blacks.

  • Happy

    I saw the movie. Kim did a good job. However, I do not think her role in the movie was actually necessary. Lets get real..Tyler Perry is a business man…whether you like Kim K or not, she gains alot of media attn and has a large following…Perry added her to attract more people to see his films point blank…a marketing strategy.

    OAN, All the main characters did well..Lance Gross sure is one handsome man!

    • Yah

      Beyonce gains a lot of media attention too, but I have yet to see her cast in a “mainstream” romance/drama movie with a majority white cast. Beyonce is 100 times more talented, 1000 times richer and 10,000 times more successful than Kartrashian could ever dream of being, but white movies keep staying white. They don’t feel obligated to throw in a a random sex appeal role for a beautiful, successful Black woman, so I don’t see why Tyler perry felt that need to throw in Kartrashian who isn’t even a 10th of some black female stars.

      • BeeBee

        not about beyonce -___- ppl praise Beyonce too much its sad. “Beyonce is 100 times more talented, 1000 times richer and 10,000 times more successful”

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      • Brit

        I understand your frustration.
        It is sad when TALENTED black actresses can barely get a role and then they cast someone who is only famous because of her association with other famous people, and scandal, but I guess everything has a reason.

        From what I hear, she had a small role, yet she seems to be the main person folks are talking about. Sad.

    • ieshapatterson

      True.

    • Gifted

      I must say, I have to agree with your comment! She was only included because of her following, not talent. Personally I could never take her seriously.

  • Fresh45

    People complaining or questioning Kim’s acting skills should also be doing the same thing with Lance’s acting acting skills. He seems like a cool dude but he couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag.

    • http://www.facebook.com/nikia.dshiznit Nikia D-Shiznit

      This LOL^^^^^^

      You went there

  • sabrina

    I’m seeing this tonight…SO excited for it!

  • sabrina

    I’m seeing this tonight…SO excited for it!

    • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

      Me too!! Ready!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/theEricWalker Eric Walker

    Lance’s last name is exactly how i’d describe Kim Kar-trash-ian and her performance…GROSS.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JAI4SRENU2A5WKRTELXXYJPDSI Kayla

    Whoever cheats on Lance Gross in movies or in real life. Need a firm punch in the face….and their head checked out, because obviously they are suffering from a mental disorder.

    • Law

      So based on a person looks, should determine if they get cheated on? Really?

  • AJ389

    My problem with Kim K isn’t so much about her capabilities on film she might be great. Honestly, I’m just tired of looking at her bed hopping and in every man’s face since the video of her and whatever she and Ray J were doing. Too much praise for nothing and overexposure can really bum me out sometimes.

  • Atin

    I think it is a great movie! And Kim did well. I honestly thought she wouldn’t do well, but she did. Of course she’s not going to be on the same level as actors that have been doing it for years, but for her first time (or second, not sure) she did pretty good.

    • Akiko

      This isn’t her first time acting. She ‘acts’ on her reality shows all of the time.

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