Inch by inch, pound by pound Tyler Perry is becoming the man he wants to be. The Hollywood do-it-all (producer, director and actor) took to Facebook on Nov. 22 to show off his new svelte physique with a shirtless beach photo. His new body is almost as beautiful as the beach scene behind him.
“I’m 18 lbs away from my goal. I hope I don’t blow it this holiday season,” he captioned the photo of himself flexing his muscles while donning a blue swimming suit. “Gonna try to stay on it. It’s hard as heck to lose weight after 40, but it’s so worth it. It keeps the doctor away.”
Tyler’s six-pack abs can be seen, looking fairly defined in the snap. A yacht can be seen behind him in the tranquil environment, while a white baseball hat shields his eyes. In his post he mentioned that his mother’s death was one of the contributing factors for him to start taking better care of himself. “Don’t let anything keep you from being healthy and strong,” he said. “I wish my mother had fought back. She turned diabetic at 40 and died at 64. Don’t let that be you!! Fight back!!”
The star also discussed taking the role over from Freeman. ‘I looked at it as the arc of the character. One thing I looked at is Morgan Freeman. He played god in the movie,’ he explained. ‘You don’t ever go behind god in a movie, but once I realized I have to do the best Tyler Perry playing Alex Cross, it worked out all right and I let go.’
In the latest issue of Men’s Health, Perry shows off his slimmed down form on the front cover. In an interview with the magazine, the actor says that he feels more confident with his fitter form. ‘I feel it’s OK to be thought of as sexy,’ he says. As well as Krav Maga, Perry also got into shape with cardiovascular workouts, body-weight moves and cable work with a trainer. He also indulged in a healthy diet consisting of egg whites, ground turkey chili and grilled chicken breasts. ‘All my life I’ve tried to hide my height. I was taller than everybody else and stood out, so I would slouch and try to hide it,’ he said. ‘But what I’ve been able to do with my body, I’m owning it. I’m standing up when I walk into a room.’