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Tyler Perry’s Madea films and the truth we may not know

Tyler Perry’s Madea films and the truth we may not know

Tyler Perry’s Mabel Simmons or Madea is one of the most unforgettable characters nowadays. Perry has introduced this gun-toting granny in a series films since Madea’s cinematic debut in Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005).  There are some things you may not know about the films.

Madea’s inspiration is indirectly from Oprah Winfrey

Emmitt Perry Jr

Tyler’s real name was Emmitt Perry Jr. He was born on September 13, 1969. He had a hard childhood, with a physically and mentally abusive father. Emmitt turned his name to Tyler when he was 16. He did that to separate himself from his father. Several neighbors abused him when he was a child. Things were so bad. He tried to suicide as a teen.

When he was a teenager, he heard Oprah Winfrey say on a 1992 episode of her show. That told about one’s traumas could be cathartic. He claimed that he didn’t even know at the time what the word cathartic meant. However, he ended up doing just that. He worked on various versions of the first play. I know I’ve changed. I have talked about childhood abuse, for six years and even lived in his car at times before it finally became a hit in 1998. Perry said to Essence in 2009: “Can you think of a man who is sleeping in a Geo Metro?”.

Madea started as a small stage character

Perry started out his career as a playwright in the mid-90. His plays had music and melodrama, but no Madea. The man would end up being Madea’s brother until he came up with her character. She was in his third play. Firstly, Madea was only supposed to be in the play for five minutes. However, when the lead actress of the show didn’t show up, Perry said in an interview that he expanded the character.

Madea’s debut located in Chicago’s Regal Theater. He told Winfrey: ” I got ready. I put on the costume and looked at the mirror. I just was like: ” The show started. I had no choice but coming out onstage.”

Madea was a little bit different in the first show. “She talked very gently. Her voice was so strange. She sat in one spot all time.” But he shared when he finally stood up and moved around the stage, the audience laughed. Finally, he got an achievement at the end.

Perry’s mother, aunt, and Eddie Murphy inspired Madea

The Klumps

The inspiration of the tall, sassy ex-stripper grandma (Platinum Bootie) came from Perry’s abusive childhood. He confessed with Essence that his mother drove him to Lane Bryant and beauty parlors to keep him away from his father’s anger. Therefore, he saw adult women in a way that many children don’t.

“The caring part of Madea comes from my mother. She would open the doors of our home to you no matter who you were,” he said. “My aunt inspired the hair and the voice.” Madea is familiar with his mostly African-American audience. Because Madea reminded them of their own relatives. She comes from “my love.”

Eddie Murphy’s film Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps (2000) also impacted on the role. Murphy acted like a woman. He also did multiple roles in the movie. Like Murphy did in this movie, Perry eventually took multiple roles, especially dinner scenes of his own as Madea’s brother Joe and her nephew Brian.

It’s really hard for Perry to get the first Madea film made

Perry wrote, directed, and acted in several plays featuring Madea in the early 2000s. That were big hits on the urban theatre, including Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion and Madea’s Class Reunion. However, when he tried to get Diary of a Mad Black Woman turns to a film, he met barrier. “The guy in a big studio tells me black people who go to church don’t go to movies,” Perry told ABC News in 2005. “That’s what I had to hear.”

Also, Madea wasn’t a famous character outside the African-American community.  Therefore, critics didn’t quite know what to make of her. Roger Ebert complained about Diary of a Mad Black Woman that she “brings the movie to a halt every time she shows off.” So much for that. The 2005 film cost $5 million to make, grossed $50 million and turned Madea into the mainstream.

A Madea film can compare to an amazing formula

Mad Black Woman

Most of his movies having the model get an only formula. Though Madea’s name is in the title, she just appears in some scenes. There is some kind of message behind the comedy. ” However it is really about Madea’s nephew being too weak with his teenage daughter. Then Madea straightened things out. Movies like Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea’s Family Reunion are about wonderful women. Abusive husbands treated them terribly. But Madea making things right.

In a 2016 interview, Perry shared: “If you look at everything I have done. There’s a message. It’s always about’faith, family, forgiveness.’ That’s the greatest gift that everyone can give me. I can send a message to the people I grew up with, the people who love what I do. I can get a message to them. Meanwhile, others can’t. I can send it by a comedy. I also can wrap it in a drama. Therefore, it becomes funny but still brings hope.”

The Madea film differed from the theater one

Most of the Madea movies began with one of Perry’s touring shows. The Madea in the theater was also even more outrageous. Especially in the early days, they used more gun and smoked pot. He ultimately toned down the character a little bit. Because children watch them too. “I realized how many children were watching my movies. So I wanted her to become more responsible,” he said in 2011. “So in that sense, she has changed. However, in the most part, she’s pretty much stayed real to the same old pain.”

Perry and Madea have made a lot of big breaks


Some celebs had their big break when being in a Madea movie. Shemar Moore was just an unfamiliar actor when he starred as the love interest in Diary of a Mad Black Woman. But after that role, he got an important character in the new series Criminal Minds. He stayed there for over 10 years.

Sofia Vergara showed off in Meet the Browns (2008) and Madea Goes to Jail (2009). After then, she started her longtime run on TV’s Modern Family. Viola Davis also played a role in Madea Goes to Jail.

Perry cast Taraji P. Henson in I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009) and got her to ask for more money. “I wanted to say thank you. But even more, I’m so thankful to Tyler for putting me on the road ” Henson wrote in her 2016 memoir. “He gave me a fair wage to star in his movie. He eventually raised my quote. The basic pay I could negotiate going into movie deals… Because of him — not an Oscar nomination — that I never had to take another movie project.”

” I hate playing Madea”? Does he say that?

Though Perry has done other films without Madea. He also earned great reviews acting in movies like Gone Girl (2014). Madea is the role he’s best known for. However, the costume made he hot. It also hurts to talk in a higher-pitched voice for hours.

” I hate playing that role but it works pretty well,” he said with a reporter in 2011. When did the writer ask him why, he answered, ” Gosh being in Georgia in a fat suit, wig, and makeup, in summer? The physicality of it is no fun.”

The Madea audience has increased for years

When Perry began performing Madea, the audiences and the actors were almost all blacks

When Perry began performing Madea, the audiences and the actors were almost all blacks. As the movies became popular, its audience expanded to the white and Latino community. The movies also had some non-black characters.

A critic went to see that movie on opening night in Virginia and  described that the audience “was urban, rural and elderly white people wearing Trump t-shirts.”

Perry has said that his audience nowadays relates to his films “not about race as much as it is about stories that people can relate to.”

Some critics have said bad things about Madea character

Spike Lee and others have blamed about the character’s buffoonery. Tyler Perry said that they forgot the point of the themes in the Madea films. “They have forgotten the messages of empowerment “,  he claimed. ” The madness of ‘Madea,’ the madness of ‘Brown,’ it spreads, it’s over the top. Great. Fine. I got it. But how can you forget the message of forgiveness? How can you forget the messages of empowerment?

Who did come up with a Madea movie idea? Chris Rock

Most Madea films come from Perry’s thoughts. However, one came from Chris Rock.  Chris Rock’s role is losing out at the box office to the Boo! A Madea Halloween. Perry and Lionsgate made a decision to make a real movie with that theme and title. It was a big hit in 2016.

Thank Madea for primarily building Perry’s studio

Due to Madea character, Tyler Perry has a big achievement now, with his own Atlanta movie studio

Due to Madea character, Tyler Perry has a big achievement now, with his own Atlanta movie studio. How big is the studio? It’s on 330 acres. To put in comparison, the Los Angeles Times claimed that the Warner Brothers studio is on 145 acres and the Disney studio is on just 51 acres.


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