I, Alex Cross seems to be running through my favorite TV shows of past and present and casting all of the best characters. They got Giancarlo Esposito from Breaking Bad. They went back a couple of years and grabbed Matthew Fox, star of the paramount addiction that was LOST. And before LOST even, there was an absurdist comedy that I couldn’t help but love: Scrubs. And Alex Cross tapped them, too. Scrubs’ John C. McGinley is joining the movie.
McGinley, who portrayed the vindictive and vehemently verbose virtuoso, Dr. Perry Cox, in the eight-season series (you heard me—EIGHT! There were only EIGHT! NOTHING AFTER THAT COUNTED!) was often Scrubs’ greatest attribute. Despite his titanic comic timing, McGinley is actually an actor rooted in drama: thus, he will be right at home in this thriller.
The film is the third adaptation of one of novelist James Patterson’s Alex Cross books. The character, a forensic psychologist, was brought to film in 1997 and 2001, for Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider respectively; both times, he was portrayed by Morgan Freeman. This time, he’s portrayed by Tyler Perry. Well, you can’t have everything.