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50 fascinating facts about Tyler Perry: from living in his car to running a studio and hosting royals

Tyler Perry On Why “A Madea Homecoming” Is A MUST SEE

Tyler Perry is simply one of the most important people working in all entertainment. Point.

Perry’s empire, a prolific studio mogul who acts, writes, directs and produces, is valued at at least $600 million – a very lucky return for a man who lived out of his car when he staged his first play.

“Hollywood wanted nothing to do with me,” the 52-year-old recalled to Variety in January 2019 as he made the theater rounds with Madea on what was supposed to be a farewell tour for the gun-wielding, hard-truth-telling grandma who — as channeled by Perry – has become nothing short of a folk hero, let alone an iconic character.

Sadly, three years later, Madea’s signature drug brand is still as much needed as ever.

“There’s so much going on in the world, you know, the pandemic, the politics, the divisions everywhere,” Perry explained to E!’s Francesca Amiker on Daily Pop Feb. 21. “I just wanted to do something to make people laugh.”

And Netflix was happy to help.

Netflix

Perry’s first to admit how far he’s come since the early ’00s, when he held meetings about turning his play Diary of a Mad Black Woman into a movie and one studio director after another said: “No, we don’t want this,” he recalled to Variety.

“This is the one that got me: A white man in one of the big studios sat at his desk and said to me, ‘Black people who go to church don’t go to the cinema, so this will never work.’ That was a moment for me.

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