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Michael Ealy is ‘Perfect Guy’
Michael Ealy was onboard a Los Angeles-to-Oakland flight last week when a flight attendant paid him the highest compliment.
“She was bringing around snacks and when she came to me, she said, ‘You’re my favorite psychopath,’ ” Ealy recalls.
Michael Ealy and Sanaa Lathan star in ‘The Perfect Guy.’
The charming, blue-eyed About Last Night star, 41, has been making a deranged name for himself as a serial killer in the Fox series The Following.
It’s about to get even more disturbing with the thriller The Perfect Guy, which debuts its trailer today at usatoday.com.
“This perfect guy is really the not-so-perfect guy. He becomes the perfect nightmare,” says co-star Sanaa Lathan.
Lathan plays successful lobbyist Leah Vaughn, who jumps into a passionate relationship with the seemingly flawless Carter Duncan (Ealy) in the David M. Rosenthal-directed film (in theaters Sept. 11).
It’s wonderful until Carter shows his true colors when he brutally beats an innocent stranger. That’s just the tip of the crazy iceberg. As Leah returns to the arms of her ex (Morris Chestnut), Carter starts spying on her, breaking into her house and threatening her.
Sanaa Lathan’s Leah ends up back in the arms of her ex-boyfriend (Morris Chestnut).
“You’ll see what a fine actor Michael Ealy is because you’re going to wind up hating his guts,” says Lathan.
The thriller is based on the fear that women and men have about getting to know new partners in their lives, even seemingly perfect ones, she says.
“One thing I have learned being a woman today is that it takes a long time to get to know somebody.” says Lathan. “Like all my girlfriends, I have had times where I thought, ‘This is the one.’ And then all of a sudden it’s like, ‘No, this is definitely not the one.’ Obviously, not to the extreme as we see in the movie.”
On screen, Carter turns up the threats and harassment while staying just legal enough that police aren’t able to intervene.
Lathan, who dealt with a real stalker in 2014, understands the frustrations and the motivation to take action on her own, as Leah does.
“There is something about finally taking the leap and finding all the strength to do it, no matter how scary,” says Lathan.
Ealy’s wife of two years, Khatira Rafiqzada, is a fan of this “subversive” screen persona, he says. “When I play the romantic good guy, she knows that version of me. She married that guy.”
But even Ealy had trouble shooting the Perfect scene that required him to lie under Leah’s bed, which eerily ends the trailer.
“I was creeped out by that moment,” says Ealy. “That was awful for me.”
Morris Chestnut and Michael Ealy square off in ‘The Perfect Guy.’
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