But when the courts award custody of his daughters to his corrupt, drug-dealing ex-wife Jennifer (Tasha Smith), Monty desperately tries to win them back, enlisting the help of Julia (Union), a beautiful — and hard-nosed — attorney he meets during his short stint as a chauffeur.While Monty and the Ivy-League-educated Julia couldn’t be less alike, an unexpected romance blossoms…and it soon begins to feel like true love.Diary of a Mad Black Woman mastermind Tyler Perry turns the familiar Cinderella tale on its head with this story concerning a successful female attorney who falls in love with a financially strapped mechanic.Monty (Idris Elba) is struggling mechanic and single father of three from a poor neighborhood.TYLER PERRY’S DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS is produced by Tyler Perry and Reuben Cannon (DIARY OF A MAD BLACK WOMAN, MADEA’S FAMILY REUNION).
TYLER PERRY’S DADDY’S LITTLE GIRLS is written and directed by Tyler Perry, and also stars Tasha Smith, Gary Sturgis, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Academy Award®-winner Louis Gossett, Jr.
In speaking with blackfilm.com, Elba talks about his character being a single dad, being a British import working in Hollywood, his music career as a DJ, and his upcoming role in the horror film, “28 Weeks Later”. So when I do play Idris, you know like in terms of an interview, I’m always like “Oh” critical about me, my body language and the way I speak. Idris: I’ve always been in a long term relationship so I haven’t done the dating scene as much. Men oftentimes are less picky, less choosy, not wanting to date as much. It’s hard for me to answer that question but I could completely relate when Gabrielle and I were fleshing out these characters. There are a lot of black men in jail and a lot of women out there who are single.
Was it hard to make that transition from the UK to here? I don’t watch much of the things that I’m in because when I’ve done it I’ve done it so I’ve seen it and then to see it. So to watch me playing different characters is always torture. I had the same issue and that lasted about three years of my early career here in the states. It was just because I hadn’t mastered the dialect, culture, just the way to portray an African American man. I heard recently that if you live in New York and you haven’t done Law and Order there’s something wrong with you. I think the difference is that a woman might want just one partner while most men are like “Its cool. She was telling me the experiences of her and her friends. I think the film is genius that it opens that question up. Is there anything that you learned from Tyler that was different as far as growing up black in the UK as opposed to growing up here?
In his latest film, Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls, Elba co-stars with the lovely Gabrielle Union in a reverse-Cinderella tale that centers on a successful attorney (Union) who falls in love with a financially challenged mechanic (Elba) who is a single father of three children. Idris: It was actually sort of a take on what happened to Puffy and J-Lo in the club when there was a shooting. This film deals with the criteria that Black women set for dating standards.
The relationship hits a snag when the janitor's ex-wife comes back into his life and threatens to take away their kids. Do you have a criteria or standard and have you had a hard time finding that?