“Although Tyler has been courting Rihanna for a year and a half, hoping to build a movie around her, she has rejected the idea,” a source told Radar Online. “Rihanna has pointedly avoided meeting with him!”
So why doesn’t Rihanna want to be in Tyler Perry’s movies? Apparently, she is acting on advice she received from Whitney Houston before the legend’s untimely death. The two met at a party before Houston’s passing, and Rihanna supposedly asked the icon for her thoughts on Perry’s films.
“Whitney put her off Tyler by warning her bluntly that ‘Tyler’s films are for fading black stars, not rising ones,’” the source added. “Rihanna so respected Whitney because in addition to being one of the biggest pop stars ever, she starred in hit movies such as The Bodyguard.”
Tyler Perry is most known for starring in and directing the numerous Madea comedies. But he more recently has expanded into other genres, with 2013’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, and 2014’s The Single Moms Club. Both of these films came out after Whitney Houston’s death, but they do somewhat counter Houston’s point. Temptation starred former child actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who recently appeared on the critically acclaimed series Parenthood and Friday Night Lights. Single Moms Club, meanwhile, featured Nia Long, who also appeared in the popular film The Best Man Holiday.
But Whitney Houston’s advice is not the only thing keeping Rihanna from Tyler Perry’s films. Radar also claims the singer prefers starring in action flicks, like her 2012 movie Battleship.
“She’s ruling out doing a Tyler Perry-style romantic comedy because she thinks she works better in action roles, playing the tough girl,” the source continued.
Watch Rihanna in a scene from Battleship.
We are not sure this is best path for Rihanna, either. After all, she won a Razzie Award for Worst Actress in a Motion Picture for her role in the aforementioned Battleship. Sadly, Whitney Houston is no longer around to give the singer advice. But if she wants our opinion, we would suggest she stick to making beautiful music.