Tyler Perry, the actor-director who Forbes named the highest paid man in entertainment in 2011, is for the first time in his life walking tall and feeling incredible. 


In a new feature in Men's Health, the 43-year-old tells the magazine the intense diet and workout routine he embraced to prepare for his new action film "Alex Cross." In addition to Krav Maga, a form of martial arts, Perry did hour-long circuits daily involving cardio, body-weight moves, and free-weight and cable work. It all quickly added up to a 30 pound weight loss and a new love for health and physical fitness. 


"I walk into a room with a lot more confidence," the 6'6'', 255lb. Perry says. "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. But with what I've been able to do with my body, I'm owning it. I'm standing up when I walk into a room."



Regarding nutrition, Perry dropped the "Big Easy" food he was raised on and consumed scrambled egg whites, ground turkey chili, grilled chicken breasts, and green shakes.


"I've worked my entire life to get to this place," he says of his success and new-found health. "The first 28 years of my life, it was hell and misery. Now I can do whatever I want. I don't want any drama; I don't want to argue; I don't want to answer to anybody. I've worked too hard to get here, and I'm loving this freedom."


You can see a trailer for Perry's new film below. To read the Men's Health interview in its entirety, jump here


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How Tyler Perry lost 30 pounds for 'Alex Cross'
Actor-director tells Men's Health magazine he's in the best shape of his life.