Perry plays Madea, a tell it like it is mother and grandmother in Diary Of A Mad Black Woman. Helen McCarthy has everything a woman wants: a nice house and rich husband. However, after her husband Charles throws her out of the house, Helen decides to live with her grandmother Madea. Helen learns how to provide for herself and even meets a new man, Orlando. She is almost over her husband Charles until he is almost killed by a vengeful client. Helen wonders if she has the heart to forgive him despite everything. Co-stars Shemar Moore, Kimberly Elise, and Steve Harris.
On the success of the movie:
I wasn’t surprised by the success, I was thankful. Being on tour all over the country, you see all of these people and they say, “We’re going, Tyler. We’re going to support you. We’re going to support you.” And then they go so I was grateful. I knew they were there, but to have them go was a whole ‘nother thing. I was grateful. I was so thankful to God for that to happen.
Perry plays Madea in the movie Madea’s Family Reunion. Madea has been ordered to be the adoptive parent of Nikki, a rebellious runaway all while trying to help her niece get through relationship troubles. Madea must organize a family union while juggling family affairs. As the reunion gets closer, secrets are revealed and tensions rise. Madea must try to keep the peace, while keeping her family together. Co-stars Blair Underwood, Rochelle Aytes, Boris Kodjoe, and Lynn Whitfield.
You know, I write from the aspect of complete life. In life we go through moments where we’re in very serious moments one minute and then we’re in very dramatic moments the next. I know that this works because I’m on stage with 30,000 people every week and I do it every week. We go into one serious moment and then we’re laughing the next, and it helps to talk about these kinds of subjects.
Perry plays Terry, a husband who tries to save his marriage on the movie Why Did I Get Married. This movie tells the story of eight married friends who come together for their yearly vacation only to spend their time working on their marriage and friendships. But after a secret is revealed about one couple’s relationship it almost drives all the couples apart. Co-stars Jill Scott, Janet Jackson, and Tasha Smith.
I try to grow on every film, but I’m walking now. I was crawling on everything else. The way this story was told I think was very unique. Using the camera the way I did was very different for me. There’s some people who really get into camera movement and all this other stuff, but for me, I really stretched it. And having an amazing cast really made the movie come alive because everybody brought their own personality to it.
Tyler plays Madea, a loud mouth mother and grandmother, in the movie Madea Goes To Jail. After a freeway chase with the police, her anger management issues get the best of her and land her in jail. Her family members the Browns rally behind her, lending their support however they can. Meanwhile, Joshua Hardaway is a successful district attorney who is about to get married. But Hardaway lands a case too personal to handle, he has to defend a young prostitute and former drug addict Candace Washington. When Candace ends up in jail, Madea befriends the young woman, and gives her motherly advice. Co-stars David Mann, Tamela Mann, Derek Luke, and Keisha Knight Pulliam.
After The Family That Preys, which was such a big, heavy movie, I wanted to do something where I had some fun. I put that Madea costume back on and I think I just went crazy. I had a really great time.
Perry plays Madea a woman who tries to mend a family together in I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Madea is almost robbed by three young kids and instead of calling the police, she makes them work for her. She contacts the kids aunt, but their aunt isn’t to glad to see them because they’ll interfere with her lifestyle as a singer. Madea tries to help make this foursome into a family.
The purpose of the film is to show that there is hope … No matter what situation you’re going through or how you’re going through it, there’s hope.
Perry plays Terry, a husband who has a feeling his wife is cheating in the movie Why Did I Get Married Too. Eight friends gather together in the Bahamas for their annual reunion. But their couples week in paradise is interrupted by the unexpected arrival of Sheila’s ex-husband, Mike, who hopes to break up her marriage with Troy.
Where the idea of the movie came from:
I vacation with twelve of my friends every year. I take them on vacation and we’ve done all over the world and I thought, Man, this would be really a good movie, because a lot of interesting things happen when we’re on vacation, so that’s where it all started for me.
Perry discusses the first time he portrayed the role of Madea on stage:
There was a sold-out house at the Regal Theater in Chicago, and five minutes before the show, I put on the costume and stood at the mirror for the first time. I’m saying, Damn, are you really going to do this? Then the show started and I had no choice—they pushed me out onstage. Madea had a cane and she didn’t talk very loud and her voice was much deeper and she sat in one spot the whole time. But after a while, I finally had to move. And when I moved there was laughter.
Perry tops the Forbes list of the highest-paid men in entertainment grossing $130 million in earnings. Perry’s fortune tops musician, Elton John and legendary director Steven Spielberg.
Perry accuses two officers of racially profiling him during a traffic stop in Atlanta, GA. Perry makes a left turn from the right lane to ensure he isn’t being followed when two white officers pull him over for an illegal turn.
I was harassed by two hostile white officers until a black cop arrived to the scene and recognized me. The black cop immediately took both officers to the back of my car and spoke to them in a hushed tone. After that, one of the officers stayed near his car while one came back, very apologetic. I said, all of that to say this: do you see how quickly this could have turned for the worse?
After reports that Kristina ran off the set of Perry’s television show, For Better Or Worse. in tears before the season wraps, Perry issues a statement, saying this is false:
Were there tough days for her? Yes of course. Not because of the acting or any job-related issues but because of the fact that she had just lost her mother. So yes she was grieving, but grief aside, she managed to finish her obligation and did a great job at the same time.
Perry plays Madea in Madea’s Witness Protection. Eugene Levy plays George Needleman, the CFO of a corporation that is about to be exposed for money laundering. George is accused of stealing millions from various charities but he knew nothing about the company’s crimes. He agrees to help prosecutors build a case against the executives of the company but has to go into hiding after doing so. George packs up his young second wife, his teenage daughter, his youngest son , and his mother and together they travel to the safe house that Brian, a prosecutor, has chosen for them. However, that safe house is really the home of Brian’s aunt Madea who helps the family get over their personal and legal issues. Co-stars Eugene Levy, Denise Richards, and Romeo Miller.
On Madea’s popularity:
The audience loves it, and I don’t know what the love relationship is, truly. I can’t put my finger on it, other than that this kind of grandmother is missed, but they love it.
The two white police officers that pulled Perry over for an illegal turn are exonerated on the racial profiling charges. Atlanta PD:
The officers claim they couldn’t see the driver behind his tinted windows, so racially profiling Perry would have been impossible. The cops claim they believed Perry was driving a stolen car at the time — because it matched a description of a stolen vehicle — and that’s the primary reason he was pulled over.
Perry appears on the cover of Essence to discuss his role in Alex Cross and his friend, the late Whitney Houston.
Seacrest interviews Perry during On Air With Ryan Seacrest about hiring Kim Kardashian for one of his future films.
Yea, I did (take some heat for hiring) Kim Kardashian. But she was a great hire, and did a great job. Once people see it, the heat will just pass. Kim plays a matchmaker in this company.
Perry plays a detective who is torn between justice and personal vengeance in the movie Alex Cross. When a wealthy and well-connected woman is found dead in her mansion Cross and his team is assigned to the case. They soon find themselves playing a cat and mouse game with a man that remains unidentifiable. After his wife is killed by the same mystery man, the case becomes a personal obsession for Cross.
Well, me being on screen and having the opportunity to just focus in on the character, be the character, and experience all of his different levels and complexities, from the doctor to the family man to being sensitive to being a complete animal when he’s been wrong and has to track the killer. All of those things were quite intriguing to me. I had the opportunity to play and be all of those emotions.
Perry appears on the cover of the November 2013 issue of Men’s Health. He talks about how he lost 30 pounds and how he is more confident now.
I walk into a room with a lot more confidence. 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.
Seacrest interviews Perry during On Air With Ryan Seacrest asks him if giving up control of Alex Cross.
I started writing, because after the first couple of days I realized this is going to be very difficult for me to just sit here. What was easy for me, is to let go. Because Rob (Cohen) had a clear direction and anytime somebody knows where they’re going, I don’t mind following at all.
William James, a local screenwriter from Gary, Indiana, sues Perry for stealing his idea for Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. Hoping to reach Perry, James gives a copy of his screenplay to an associate of Oprah Winfrey. James:
The plot is similar to Lovers Kill, written in 2009. The lawsuit is light on details … it just says both films center on a married couple … the wife is tempted by another man, and the affair ruins the marriage.
Winfrey interviews Tyler Perry and questions him on Whitney Houston, and his career.
I felt a huge responsibility for her for Whitney herself. I felt a tremendous responsibility from the first day we sat down in that restaurant and had a conversation where she was so open with me. I stood with them the Houston family. Whatever they needed, they would call and say this and this is going on or that’s going on. Or I would talk to her sometimes and she would just be, you know out of it, but trying to be together.
Perry is interviewed by Hall on The Arsenio Hall show. They talk about how Eddie Murphy had an influence on him playing a female character, his origins of writing plays before film and how his character ‘Madea’ became famous.
I’m ‘gon try my hand at a female character and I thought who’s the funniest person that I know and that’s my mother and my aunt.
Seacrest interviews Perry during On Air With Ryan Seacrest and questions him about directing his film A Madea Christmas dressed as the character Madea.
I have to. There are moments when I’m actually standing there directing in the costume and I’m talking in my normal baritone voice with this wig and lipstick on. By now, my team gets it, but when I have a new actor, like Larry the Cable Guy, he goes, ‘What the hell is going on with this guy?’ It was pretty funny.
Perry is called out by Tim McGraw and acceptes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. PHe nominates Gayle King, Ben Affleck, Atlanta Falcons and Oprah Winfrey.
Perry announces he is expecting his first child with off and on girlfriend/model Gelila Bekele. Bossip.com:
Tyler Perry is a daddy to be!!!
Perry and Fallon race remote control Drones on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.
Going through this tunnel is a trip, like I’m smoking. Jimmy I think you are falling behind.
Perry and Bekele welcome their first child, son Aman Tyler Perry. Source:
Mom and baby are happy and healthy. Tyler is so excited. He’s over the moon.