Old Spice hunk exchanges roles in Tyler Perry films

Wed Aug 11, 2010 7:41am EDT
 
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By Leslie Bruce

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Old Spice pitchman Isaiah Mustafa has swapped one Tyler Perry movie for another.

Mustafa will play his first lead role in the latest installment of the prolific filmmaker's lucrative "Madea" franchise. He was originally set for Perry's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf."

"I got a call from my manager a week and a half ago who told me that I was no longer in 'Colored Girls' and said I would be in 'Madea's Big Happy Family' instead," Mustafa told the Hollywood Reporter. "It was confirmed last Monday, and I left on Friday to begin filming."

Alongside stars Loretta Devine (as his mother-in-law) and Bow Wow (as his brother-in-law), Mustafa plays Calvin, who is struggling with his marriage and family relationships. It has not been announced who will play his opposite.

Mustafa is unclear why the switch was made but remains grateful for the opportunity.

"I don't know why Mr. Perry made the swap," said Mustafa, who was not contracted to "Colored Girls." "I didn't ask him his reasoning. I'm just really happy to have gotten this role. It's one of the leads, where in 'Colored Girls,' I would have been just been in one or two scenes."

Filming began this week in Atlanta. Mustafa is on location through early September, when it is slated to wrap.