“Alex Cross” Los Angeles Premiere

Posted on October 17, 2012


Matthew Fox, Tyler Perry, and Edward Burns attend the premiere of “Alex Cross” at the ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood.

To hell with the ladies in attendance; let’s skip them for once, and just look at the men, especially since all three of them look great.


Matthew Fox

It’s a little too shiny for our tastes, and we’d love to have seen a wider tie, say… in a silver, but it’s a great suit that seems to be well-tailored, although it’s hard to tell with his hands shoved in his pockets. Also, those shoes look awfully dingy.

We’re jealous of how thin and fit he looks but we can practically guarantee that in person he looks gaunt and underfed.


Tyler Perry

We swear on a stack of bibles, it is weirdly difficult to get full body shots of black male stars on the red carpet. We have no idea why that is, except for maybe some sort of cultural aversion to posing in that kind of venue, or some kind of subtle racism on the part of the photographers or wire services, but it’s something we’ve long wanted to admit, but never found a way to bring up without sounding a little defensive about it. When you look at all the shots taken at certain red carpet events, you’ll see a dozen or more shots of each person, and maybe three shots of the black guy, mostly in closeup, which always made us think that a lot of them just rush on through. Will Smith is one of the few black male stars who seems to love posing.

Anyway, he looks good. We’d always rather see a man in a tie at an event like this, but we suspect he doesn’t like to wear them unless he has to because he has a pretty full face and a closed collar can look like a tourniquet. We wish the shirt looked a little crisper, though. And we think he could’ve gotten away with a subtly colored one instead of defaulting to black.


Edward Burns

When he was younger, we thought he was blandly average-looking, but he’s really grown into his face. Two things we appreciate: a colored tie, in a color you wouldn’t expect, and perfectly styled hair.



[Photo Credit: David Gabber, Gisele Rebeiro , Glenn Harris/PR Photos]

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  • PastryGoddess

    Why did I think Ed Burns looked like Brian Williams for a minute.  Anyhoo, his hair really is fabulous

    • Exact same reaction. “Oh my god, it’s Brian Williams…tinified, somehow.” 

      • Kristin McNamara

        …which is funny, because my first reaction was: “Damn, Ed Burns looks like a news anchor.” (Can’t say I had Brian Williams on the brain though.)

        • emcat8

          Heee…my first reaction was “Damn, when did Ed Burns become the new senator from California?”

    • poggi

       I thought the same thing–he looks like a hotter Brian Williams

      •  Nope, I gotta give the edge to Williams. 

        • 3boysful

           Me, too!  And I always like the purple ties he tends to wear on air.

    • I see it as well… haha

    • nc17

       LOL, I was thing the exact same thing. Or a Bush Offspring

    • Anathema_Device

       haha, I just posted the same thing!

      • ballerinawithagun

        Yes! That look of very earnest concern.

        • I think it’s a look of very earnest constipation. He looks uncomfortably bound up, IMO. Mayhap it is his sort of smirky expression, but I can’t help thinking he is all “just hold it….hoooold it…” But his hair does look good.

    • I’ve always thought they were both good-looking, so I’m OK with that.

    • E_bee

      Same reaction here! “Looks like an anchorman…”

      • PastryGoddess

        A very well-coifed anchorman

    • miagain

      for me it’s his eyes and eyebrows….. swoon!!

    • I went through the comments looking for Brian Williams references, so I wouldn’t duplicate. Seriously, though, if Williams had done anything noteworthy enough to merit a biopic, Burns could totally play him. 

    • mjude

      OMG..i thought the same thing!  LOL

  • A wife beater, a closet case, and a douche bag.  No, thank you.

    • G


      •  What’s not to understand?  Look it up.

        • Lori

          Has Ed Burns done some new thing you consider douchey recently or are you speaking in general? (I’m with you on the other two. I will never look at Matthew Fox in a positive light and Tyler Perry is just annoying on several levels.)

          • ampg

            If you ever have 30 minutes to kill, walk up to my husband and ask his opinion of Ed Burns.  I don’t remember all the charges he will generally level, but being a grade-A douche sums it up pretty well.  So he’s not alone in his judgment, apparently.

        • Sartorial_She

           Wow. Aggressive much? Why not post an opinion without being confrontational with the other BKs?

        • LANDRU3000

            What?  I googled fox, nothing substantial comes up. 

          • quiltrx

            That’s weird…I googled “Matthew Fox wife beat” and got at least 20 versions of the story.

    • Tell us how you really feel!

    • CPK1

       But what do you think of their clothes?!

    • Rand Ortega

       Tough crowd.

      • Lori

        Abusers deserve a tougher room than this. (The closet case issue is more complicated.)

        • ecallaw1977

           I agree with you, but I keep wondering whether he deserves the benefit of the doubt.  It’s definitely possible, maybe even probable that he’s an abuser, but what if he isn’t?  What an absolutely horrible accusation to endure.

        • Rand Ortega

           No argument from me.

    • MilaXX

       Mathew has been pretty vocal about disputing that. It wasn’t his wife, but a random woman in a bar and the case has been dismissed.

  • teensmom99

    re Ed: it pays to marry a model if you need a little boost on your fashion IQ.

    •  I wish we would see pictures of him with the lovely Christy T.

  • I’d trust Ed Burns to do my taxes.

  • MilaXX

    Not gonna lie, I think I want to see this movie.  All of them look good. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised but it makes me sad to hear about the picture thing with black male stars.

  • Anathema_Device

    Ed Burns looks great! Although, he does look a little like he could be Brian Williams’s younger brother or something.

  • ralish

    Unrelated– but did the Whiteboard disappear for anyone else?

    •  We’re making some changes. Whiteboard posts will now be featured on the front page going forward.

      • l_c_ann

        Thank you.  We missed them.

        • 3boysful

           I always feel like they are little “pop quizzes” (in a good way–is that an oxymoron?) to see if I can put into play what I’ve learned from Uncles T and Lo.

          •  Yes, very, “What have you learned?”, the whiteboard posts.

      • ralish


    • tired_mommy


    • kolokOlchik

      yup, I noticed it yesterday 

  • susan cornish

    I saw Matthew Fox on our local morning talk show today & he looked sickly thin. Apparently, it was for the part but the man needs to eat a sandwich now.

    • I’m surprised by how much he looks like Romney.  I never noticed before.  ‘Course, it could just be because Romney’s been in the news lately.

      • Sobaika

        It is really jarring. It’s extra noticeable in the editorial TLo posted a few days back. I blame the hair.
        Also Mitt Romney is 65. Must be that Mormon clean living.

        • Which is ironic, because Matthew Fox looks like he’s been using a wee bit too much meth these days.

        •  And that’s kind of a problem.  Whatever procedures he’s had done on his face, he should have stopped awhile ago.  He always looks a bit plastic between the perfect hair, with the perfect graying, and the smooth face — it’s not terribly reassuring for voters.  American voters tend to prefer their Presidents with a few physical flaws, it makes them seem more manly or more serious or something.  I have long maintained that Romney needs to hire a make-up artist who can roughen up his image just a hair.

          • Qitkat

            Never did it occur to me that Romney’s had work done. I also didn’t realize he’s 65. (I’m not very political.) But seeing what you said, it all makes sense, putting political philosophies aside, something about his appearance always bothered me that I couldn’t pin down.

          • Sobaika

            I don’t think he’s had work done, but he does have a robotic quality that could use some wrinkling. His sons have it too. It’s discomfiting.

  • cam_lo

    i can’t appreciate matthew fox anymore after realizing during last night’s debates how much he and mitt romney resemble one another. 

    • I shoulda just waited a minute — you beat me to it.  (See above.)

  • amf0001

    I think Tyler Perry looks smarter and more put together on the RC than he does on the poster behind him. I can’t imagine him as Alex Cross and the trailers have done nothing to reassure me.  I actually like him glasses,  they fit his face really well.

    • Sobaika

      I don’t know anything about Tyler Perry (although I’m not a fan of the few movies I’ve seen of his) but I can’t see him as Alex Cross either – and I can not believe they chose him to replace Idris Elba.

      • amf0001

        I know… Idris Elba would have been perfect!

      • RebeccaKW

         I don’t see him as Alex Cross, either.  I could see him as Sampson.  He’s got the right build and height for him. 

        •  I don’t think he’s got enough of an edge for Sampson.

      • filmcricket

        I don’t know who Alex Cross is, but one should never replace Idris Elba. It’s like a rule.

      • ecallaw1977

        I’m hoping he surprises us–that after a few minutes we forget all about Madea or even Tyler and just believe he is Alex.  I really, really hate the Madea movies, but I find him really likeable in interviews and would love to see him succeed. 

        • Sobaika

          This might sound weird, but I basically make it a point to go see movies that cast people of color or that address lgbt issues and the similar. Let my money do the talking. I dragged all my friends to see Red Tails opening weekend even though I have zero interest in war movies. But I CAN NOT with Tyler Perry’s stuff. he obviously has an audience but I don’t get it. I’m curious to see how he’ll fare in a movie that’s not his own.

          • MilaXX

             I feel you. I support movies with POC as much as possible. However I’ve seen Perry when he wasn’t playing Madea and often wondered how he would fair in more mainstream vehicles. He wasn’t distracting in Star Trek and I’m curious enough to how he does in this.

            On a side note, the daughter of a friend of mine was one of the children turned away from the swim club a few years back. She *still* talks about the trip to Disneyland TP sent them on.

      • julnyes

        Do you know why there was a need to replace Elba (lovely, lovely Idris Elba)? Was it a scheduling conflict or were they looking to pull in Perry’s fan base to the movie?

  • B_C_J

    Mr. Fox: It is hard to assess the fit of his suit given that his hands are in his pocket. (Interestingly enough, Robert Pattinson was savaged for having his hands in his pockets in an earlier post. Mr. Fox escapes virtually unscathed despite having both his hands in his pockets in all of the photos.)  The shoes definitely need a polish.

    Mr. Perry: Suit coat fits him well if maybe (just maybe) a pinch tight.  However, you can see that he has a waistline and apparently no belt which is slimming.  The hint of color from his pocket kerchief lightens the look and acts as a good counterpoint to the black shirt.  Well done overall.

    Mr. Burns: You can tell that this is a nicely tailored suit yet when compared to Mr. Perry you can see where a nip in the waist area would have alleviated an otherwise boxy look. 

    Thankfully all three gentlemen had their pants hemmed by tailors who understand the concept of proper length. 

    • It’s also nice to note that all of these gents actually MADE. AN. EFFORT. And they were mostly successful. Which is way more than can be said for a lot of their male counterparts out there.

  • God love Ed Burns. He gets better looking every day 

  • BR777BS

    Can somebody please explain to me how I can get my hair to be like Edward Burns?

    • Qitkat

      Maybe he consulted Jon Hamm.

      Do what women do, print a photo and take it to your local style salon.
      I don’t think it’s anything special, my late dad wore his hair like this all his life.
      Common in the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s. (ala Mad Men)
      OTOH if you have curly hair it’s a lot more tricky.

  • kaycem

    anyone who thinks tyler perry is straight (including, perhaps, tyler himself) need to carefully study the above pictures.  he’s giving sassy hip and tooting booty with the best of them.

    • When I looked at these photos I thought, wait, is Tyler Perry gay? I don’t know anything about him, and I see almost no movies that aren’t Pixar ones, though.

  • Rand Ortega

    Re: Black male stars. Not a lot of leads in film & TV lately except Will & Denzel so maybe photogs & the brokers/magazines that buy their shots don’t present much of a market for them? Just a thought.

    • Tyler is on the cover of 2 magazines this month. Not that that happens often….

      • We think the bottom line is, you need to be MAJOR money earners, like Will Smith and Tyler Perry, in order to get the same kind of attention that’s routinely handed out to someone like, say Jon Hamm, whose cable show doesn’t even do that well in the ratings. It’s that whole “twice as hard” thing that gets imposed on everyone who isn’t a white, straight, male.

    • MilaXX

       It’s kind of the snake that eats itself. Major studios don’t hire them, so no mags to put them in.

  • Tyler Perry and Ed Burns both look fab (swoon). Not loving Matthew Perry’s suit, and from some of the interviews I’ve seen him do over the past couple of weeks, he’s seriously skinny, and not in a good way.

    • MilaXX

       Mathew Fox?

      •  Yeah; he lost TONS of weight for this role, and I recall seeing photos of him and he’s super skinny (compared to when he was on Lost).

  • kolokOlchik

    Ed Burns FTW!

  • Mike Owens

    Tyler Perry looks delicious. I’m pretty sure the only way he’d look better is with far fewer clothes, and in a different venue–my bedroom! Ed Burns should be a marquee star by now. I think that blandness thing you mention is what’s obstructed his ascent. 

    • Rand Ortega

      From what I’ve been told, he prefers to work on his own material (writing & directing) & centers on more independent projects as opposed to larger studio fare. He is in high demand & could accept more tentpole roles if he wanted.

      • MilaXX

         I prefer him working with other writers and directors. He cant do either very well. I will give him credit for consistently hiring POC and the charitable work he does.

        • Rand Ortega

           I absolutely agree. His Orson Welles auteur schtick wore out its welcome after his debut, “The Brothers McMullen”. OTOH, he was great in “Saving Private Ryan”.

          • MilaXX

            I was talking about Tyler Perry. Ed Burns bores me to tears. I have never seen all of the Brothers McMullen because I fall asleep every time.

          • Rand Ortega

             LOL! So sorry! Not familiar w/ TP’s work outside of his own except Star Trek & he was extra tasty  in that, however brief. I saw “Diary Of A Mad Black Woman” because a friend had a role in it & nearly slit my wrists. I’ve only seen Madea in commercials & that’s beyond enough.  That character sets civilization & POC back decades.

          • MilaXX

            True, Madea and Perry produced movies and tv shows are crap, but he consistently employs and give back to the African American community and he didn’t stink up Star Trek. I think branching out into studio produced projects may be a good step for him.

          • Rand Ortega

             Agreed. Considering he’s the only reason Lionsgate Studios still exists & he brings the urban audience to anything he’s involved w/, if “Alex Cross” does anything over $18M its 1st weekend, expect to see Mr. Perry moving into Denzel & Will territory in the next few years.

  • I have never noticed how good looking Tyler Perry is. 

  • Tyler FTW. He’s always a sharp dresser and here is no exception.  Ed Burns is a close second. Matthew is not aging well. Sharp suit though. 

  • Little_Olive

    Yes and yes to 1 and 2. 

    No comment on Ed Burns’ shoes? They ruin the whole look for me (I’m a bit OCD when it comes to mens shoes). 

    • MilaXX

       What’s wrong with his shoes? I like the contrast.

      • Little_Olive

        The color is fine. I don’t like the shape; I see a square-ish tip and they look a bit chunky   

        • MilaXX

          oh i get you. I think they are just on the border of being too clunky

  • Coddingtonscat

    Jesus, matthew fox on this site- who next? Chris Brown?

  • kimmeister

    At least Tyler has no neck beard.

  • Matthew Fox is certainly good-looking, but I’m not sure that’s his hair.

  • sashaychante

    A whole lotta handsome

  • I think Edward Burns looks kind of like a TV anchor. Maybe it’s just a passing resemblance to Brian Williams. 
    In re black stars: I agree with the other commenters and TLo who’ve said that the bar to stardom/attention is unreasonably high for POC, but I also wonder if there’s also a cultural sense that posing before the cameras comes off as gay which, in the often very macho minority communities, would discourage such an interest in clothes. Granted, Sean Combs and other black celebrities have upended that stereotype brilliantly, but I wonder if it still lingers with others. 

  • jenno1013

    Ed Burns looks fine, but where others see anchorman, I see him as too corporate.  He could be the new CFO of my company being introduced at a sitewide meeting.  He’s dressed to gain your trust, not your moviegoing dollars.

  • formerlyAnon

    I think the perfectly styled hair is giving Mr. Burns an eerie resemblance to a t.v. news anchorman. But maybe that’s also his Extremely Acceptable brand of good looks. Great choice of tie.

    Like Mr. Perry’s suit, but the shape of his beard that is pinging some kind of irrational dislike. [as if that matters]  It must have something to do with a junior high teacher I had, because it’s making me think ’70s as well.

    Not a fan of Mr. Fox’s hair cut. It’s too short.

    The observations about full length red carpet pictures of male black actors is interesting. The world is full of things that make one wonder.

    ETA: Brain Williams!!! Thanks to other BK’s who called it – no wonder Burns reminded me of an anchorman – it was a resemblance to a specific anchorman!.

  • lrober03

    I think John Krasinski is going to grow up to be Ed Burns

  • When did Tom Brokaw start acting?

  • quiltrx

    Where has Edward Burns been????

    Anyway…I used to read all the Alex Cross books.  I’m not sure about Madea being Alex, but he’s definitely more of an age for the character (Morgan Freeman was WAY too old for the part).  I probably won’t see this because I’m over James Patterson, but I hope they do well.

  • I think Edward Burns is resembling Brian Williams in these shots.

  • Trisha26

    Absolutely hate the prison/military haircut as on Matthew Fox. Why did this become a thing? And it’s been going on way too long. 

  • SpillinTea

    I will forever blame Miss Tyler for STEALING this movie role from Idris Elba. *swoon*

    • Presumptuous Insect

      I am steaming about this too, Man. Just watched RocknRolla to get my Idris fix.

  • guest2visits

    Burns for the win, Perry takes second; sorry Fox, the shiny suit was not your friend.

  • glennethph

    I didn’t know it was Matthew Fox from the trailers until they showed his name.  He’s so thin, reminds me a little bit of Bale in The Machinist (or even in The FIghter).

  • bluefish

    Edward Fitzgerald Burns has always been drop dead gorgeous — younger, older, etc.  Christy Turlington is a lucky lucky lady.

  • There’s so much insipid Tyler Perry backlash that I’m sure photographers just let him go by.

  • Michelle Gennari

    They all look AH-MAZING!  

  • Candigirl1968

    Tyler P should get a special prize for not posing with his hands in his pockets. 

  • I looove medea!