His slapstick comedies have been lambasted as too basic, his dramas too melodramatic, his messaging too preachy, his writing too simplistic — the list goes on.
But Perry, 47, pushes back against those who look down on his work, like Madea, who will return this fall in “Boo!
NEW YORK (AP) — When Tyler Perry began creating shows for the then-struggling OWN Network four years ago, he’d send the scripts he’d written to Oprah Winfrey for approval — and she’d wince. And like Perry, who was abandoned by his father, grew up in poverty and survived sexual abuse, his audience is familiar with struggle.
Perry describes his fans as the people working in service jobs, the women in the church pews, the family with a crazy relative like Madea who can laugh about it.
“He’s creating an empire based on what he knows, based on what he likes, and he’s doing it himself, and he’s coming from a very challenging background,” said Viola Davis, who starred in “Madea Goes to Jail.” ”But I think he has a vision that is much larger.
And the thing I love about him, too, is that he’s targeting an audience that is underserved.” It’s those people who have helped his 15 self-produced films gross more than 0 million at the box office worldwide, build his own 200,000-square-foot Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta and boost OWN: He’s got four shows on the network — dramas “The Have and Have Nots” and “If Loving You Is Wrong,” and the comedies “Love Thy Neighbor” and “For Better or Worse,” which started a new season on OWN this month.
“And it’s not for everyone, but the whole purpose is to make sure I continue the path I am on.” ___ Online: AP Writer Alicia Rancilio contributed to this story.
is a 2007 American comedy-drama film adaptation written, produced, directed, and starring Tyler Perry, which was inspired by his play of the same name.
Secrets are revealed and each couple begins to question their own marriage.
Chief on his list of priorities, though, is his 1-year-old son Aman.
When he traveled last year with his play “Madea on the Run,” he made sure Aman was with him, with his mother, Perry’s statuesque girlfriend Geilila Bekele, in tow.
“There is no way to be a person of color who is accomplished and not have other people try to take you out, and most importantly, your own people,” she said.
“Your own people will do it because we are not accustomed to that level of success, so when you see it, surpassing anything you ever imagined, what people do is they criticize it because they don’t understand it.” But what Winfrey and Perry see as a different kind of art, others see as perpetuating stereotypes — particularly Madea.
The producer of “Precious” and “For Colored Girls …” would love to find new talent to mentor and produce, and has dreams of starting his own film festival to find the next generation of filmmakers.