Tyler Perry Visits Plano

Plano welcomed actor, writer and producer Tyler Perry to the red carpet for an advanced screening of his new movie “Boo! 2: A Madea Halloween” at Cinemark West Plano on Oct. 4.

He graciously greeted fans outside the theater but quickly made his way down the carpet for interviews with press. It didn’t take long before he was cracking jokes with reporters in that classic Madea voice. He kept a wonderful balance between levity and professionalism. When asked about any advice he would give for a writer or producer to be successful, he said, “Don’t stop. Just keep going.”

As for Perry’s latest Madea comedy “Boo! 2,” the campy comedy will definitely keep you laughing. It is centered on Madea’s family getting into heap of ghoulish trouble on an allegedly haunted campground. And as usual, Perry plays multiple roles — Madea, Joe and Brian. He said pulls inspiration from his own New Orleans family for his characters.

“Anyone from the South can definitely relate to these people,” he said.

Tyler Perry visiting with reporters on the red carpet // photos Jenice Johnson Williams

When asked why he believes a comedic character like Madea is important, Perry stated that we need a break as a country.

“It’s 100 minutes of non-stop laughter to take our mind off of everything — to just make people laugh and have a good time. There is so much going on in this country, we need to be lighter,” he said. “We need to have a moment where we can just sit back, take a deep breath and just relax from everything going on in the world.”

Perry also stated that one of the things that’s “wonderful about this country” is that there is a place for everything in the industry and filmmakers have the right to make movies that take on hard-hitting social issues and to make more light-hearted films like Madea.

“No matter what anybody says, we have the right to tell our own stories.”

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