Tyler Perry didn’t like playing the role of Madea


Tyler Perry didn’t like playing the role of Madea

Tyler Perry toured the country in 2019 and 2020 in what was billed as a farewell show for Madea. In an interview with Level near the end of the tour, he was asked if he missed the much-beloved character. The star answered with a blunt no.

When the interviewer expressed incredulity, Perry insisted, “My hand to God. I hated the costume, the wig, all of it.”

Perry was then asked how he felt about Madea at the beginning of his career. “I was scared to death! I watched Eddie Murphy and how he did his female characters. I said I’ll try it once and that’s it,” Perry said. “And it ended up being a $2 billion franchise.”

It was far from the first time he’d complained about the iconic character that launched his career. In a 2011 interview with Creative Loafing, Perry talked about how much he disliked transforming into Madea: “Being in Georgia in a fat suit, and wig and makeup, in the middle of summer? The physicality of it is no fun.”


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