People Want To See Her In A Bikini, Not In A Movie: Essence Atkins Discusses Tyler Perry’s Kim Kardashian Casting Flop

April 23, 2013  |  

Source(s): WENN, THR

When it was first announced that Tyler Perry would be casting Kim Kardashian is his new movie, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, many began to question his motives and his judgement. Tyler later admitted to casting Kim because he desired to draw from her large fan base, including her 16 million Twitter followers. It doesn’t appear that casting Kim did much for ticket sales though, as Temptation didn’t perform as well as some of his previously released films when it came to box office numbers. Haunted House actress Essence Atkins recently hinted at her disapproval of these types of gimmicks and expressed that she hopes Hollywood learned a lesson from Tyler’s “experiment” during a recent interview with Sister 2 Sister.

“I found it interesting that Tyler did that with Temptation, hiring Kim Kardashian because she has 16 million Twitter followers, which would seem like a brilliant marketing plan. He has one of the biggest Twitter personalities out there in his movies, and he had one of the worst box office weekends.”

“It’s not a failure, but it did worse than his movies usually do just based on him. I thought that was an interesting finding. Your experiment didn’t work.”

She went on to say that just because reality stars are a hit on the small screen, doesn’t mean that their success will transfer to the big screen.

“People want to see good stories. It’s not necessarily that they want to see Kim Kardashian in a movie. They want to see her in a bikini. They want to see her with Kanye [West]. They want to see her on her show talking about her life with her sisters, but that doesn’t mean that they want to see her in a movie. The fact that people want to see their lives and the volatility of that…. I don’t’ think that it translates at all.”

What do you think of Essence’s comments?


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  • GoldenKiss65

    I agree with Essence and before you start, it is not because I am “hating” on Kim (urrghh, that gets under my skin to hear that). I believe what she is saying is, as of late, dirctors are bypassing actors that have dreamed of this opportunity all their lives for a personality that have large social media success but not acting success.

    First, I really don’t believe that story that Tyler didn’t know who she was. Come on now – Kim’s mom makes sure EVERYONE knows who Kim is! They have crossed paths before I am sure at the hundreds of events they attend each year. He didn’t watch the BET Awards, met her hanging out with NeNe in ATL (she says they’re Besties)? He never heard about Raj J and the video….? Come on now!

    Yes, it is Tylor’s money, his studio and his written work. Before the movie was released, the focus was on Kim, not on Jurnee! Even when the movie was released, it was Kim who was the focus at the premier. I saw on most of the entertainment sites (and many urban gossip sites) the caption “Kim Kardashian, Star of Temptations at the Premier” and interviews with Kim and Tyler (who went on about how brilliant Kim was). Jurnee’s picture was posted at the bottom with “Other attendees included Lance Gross and Jurnee Smollett”. Uhhh, huh?! Even after the movie premiered, it was Tyler, his PR and Kim’s PR that sent her, instead of Jurnee to visit Good Morning America, The View, Kelly and Michael and other networks to promote the movie. That tore me up because this was Jurnee’s premier starring role.

    No hate or sour grapes, just disappointment for Jurnee….

  • Get IT

    why do people hate on her so much? I thought her role in the movie was a little bt stiff but so what? Even if she was just trying to market, she’s a celebrity and thats her JOB. I mean Tyler Perry is making money from it isn’t he???
    If you see someone doing something different with their life then stop trying to tear it down. That’s just straight being a hater, seriously.

  • Cha Cha

    I have never gotten the obsession people have with her… She is the epitome of the phrase “sleeping your way to the top”… She was HORRIBLE in that movie and she didn’t have that many lines.

    • Sharon

      I agree. It is so amazing. You can make a sex tape, now a reality show, books, clothes perfume, etc. I don’t see why black guys and people are so obsessed with her and the Kardashians either. Barbara Walters straight up and told them that they don’t have not talent.

  • The funny thing about it Kim was on the screen for all of 10-15 mins so her impact on the film was not great. Its results at the box office were a preemptive movie by people who had a problem with Kim being in the movie, which I thought was silly!

  • Dani

    I know I might get a few thumb downs but I’m going to say it anyway…. Kim wasn’t the only reason that movie flopped. Believe it or not some people are just downright tried of TP same old plots. The movie was ok but for it to be TP one of his many films is just sad. I would understood if its his 2nd or 3rd film. I agree with was EA said Kim is a reality star and let’s keep her that. But Kim role was so small and so not needed that it can’t be all of her fault.

  • kierah

    Even if you are a TP stan, are we willing to admit that the success of TP films has placed Black actors in the film ghetto that is a TP production?

    TP films exist so that White filmmakers don’t have feel bad about not using Black actors. For that reason, TP isn’t really interested in what we’d like to see on the screen. He slaps these messes on celluloid together and we are so thirsty we accept it. Seems like every Black actor has to be in a TP film to work at all.

    It’s happened before. BET was born because MTV had an unwritten policy about not showing Black videos (rare exceptions Michael Jackson, Prince, Tina Turner). MTV “helped” BET because as long as there was someplace we could see our videos, we didn’t kick up a fuss about the obvious segregation. When Black music went mainstream, MTV/Viacom came back to claim their little stepchild.

    Lionsgate is stepping in to claim their stepchild, TP Studios now that it is wildly successful. TP is going to have to make some compromises – like adding white actors/celebrities.

  • kierah

    We all know Tyler did not cast Kim Kardashian for her acting abilities. I mean she’s barely believable in her “reality” show. I don’t know why Tyler did this. If he wanted to diversify there are many non-Black ACTORS that could have handled this role.

  • VVV

    he lost me because he put her on there. I am not paying to support her. I know my money would not have made a difference as the actresses were already paid, but it was my way of expressing my dissent with his decision.

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  • AllyCat

    I think Essence wasnt chosen for that part. Maybe next time, hun.

    • Get IT

      seriously! I was wondering why she even made a comment on the situation at all like where have you been again?

  • BlkandBeautiful

    i saw the movie and i can she was not needed at all. Me personally, i did not care for the movie, for the fact that it could have been better, jus like the past couple of movies that he made. Kim can’t act and she need to just stay on cable tv versus a big screen in a thearter.

  • Superwoman9

    And her opinion matters why?? Oh yeah that’s right. It DOESN’T. When was the last time she was in a hit movie. I rest my case.

    • PleaseDOBetter

      The difference here is that Essence is an actress by trade while Kim is not. Whether or not Essence does or does not have a hit movie does little to negate her point. Black actors and actress have always made it clear about the difficulty in finding and landing meaty roles in Hollywood.

    • honest

      Haunted house was a hit she is sitting right behind the shot…that movie was #1 for like 3 weeks and Essence has been acting since the 90s so i think she knows what she is taking about…lemme guess your a kim stan….

    • Sunny

      I think that was her whole point. It’s hard enough for Black actors to get good roles, and now it’s even harder since they have to compete with reality show stars, models, and other non-actors.

  • yeppers

    I agree…most people I talked to and heard review the film said it wasnt needed, she was on there to strut around in tight dresses and squeak out 1 liners. I didnt get it, if 16 million people were paying to see what she did on there THEY WOULD ALL HAVE WANTED THEY MONEY BACK…because it wasnt what it was touted up to be. On the other hand since she really did NOTHING to help the film, I dont think her existence in it really is what hurt the numbers either. I think most people are just sick of the Kardashain gimmick, sick of companies paying them millions to see their faces because Kim is famous for doing God knows what. lol

  • Rosemary Davis

    It’s call using someone for your own selfish financial gain andKim feel for it surely she didn’t think he hired for her acting or should I say non-acting abilities

  • im i the only one who liked kim in the movie… it wasnt like she was the lead in the movie…. she played a character very close to her persona

  • laila

    True. I wanted to see the movie but definitely could have done without her…yes, the experiment was blah!

  • LilScrappy_w/his_irrelevant_az

    And I completely agree with her

  • i dont know, it sound like she was kind of against kim playing in the movie then she sounded like she was for kim. i dont know!

  • Thank you Essence! Can more people in Hollywood start talking out against these people like she just did. Maybe that will help them go away. Besides there was just a report on the news that Kim Kardashian has fake followers and the ratings of her show is actually declining. Now let’s just end it by more people like Essence shutting them down.

    • Kim’s success is fueled by the publics obsession with her. If people would actually stop responding to her, then the show and everything else related would go away. It has not. her popularity and fan base has increased exponentially over the years. Her show/shows are the #1 show/s on E her products/endorsements continue to grow.

      • jak

        I get that but wat Essence is saying is true that doesn’t translate into people going to see a movie just because she’s in it for 10 minutes.

  • Crazyco

    All I want to say is I can’t remember the exact percentage but it all came down to most of them have no more than 500k twitter followers. The article read 300k but to round up. That’s why 6 mill followers never translate to sales. Even Forbes have an article about it. They exposed Rihanna, Kim, gaga…

    • Yeah I read that too and they said she only has 40% of actual followers the rest are fake. Also their show was beaten out by RHOA this season so I’m hoping the end is coming very soon.

    • that article sounds interesting! should have posted a link
      (now im gonna go look for it)
      i really thought they had millions of followers… everything is fabricated :-I

  • Well all of those reasons and she has an irritating nasally pseudo airhead baby voice, and the emotional range of a piece of drift wood.

    • janice

      I completely agree with you and I know I, and quite a few people went to support Jurnee Smollett because she was starring. She’s the only reason I gave the film a chance and she was great btw. Kim was annoying and not needed at all.

      • SunshineBlossom

        I was definitely one of those people who went to see the movie for Jurnee, I grew up watching her on television, and she did a superb job in the film.