Tyler Perry's 'Madea' Film in Memory of His Mom
Multi-hyphenate entertainer Tyler Perry stopped by The Grove to chat with "Extra's" Mario Lopez about his new movie, "Madea's Big Happy Family" -- and how he dedicated it to his late mother.
"God bless my mother's soul, she died and this movie was in her memory," Perry explained. "You know, it's fun, she would have loved it, and I bet she's smiling down from heaven right now."
Perry also responded to criticism he has received on the Madea character, especially from director Spike Lee, who has said the character plays to African-American stereotypes. Perry said, "I was just pissed off at some things that Spike Lee said, you know, about a coon and a buffoon and those kinds of things, but I'm just gonna stay above it."
As for the possibility of working with his "Precious" producer/friend Oprah Winfrey again, Perry is all for it. "Oh absolutely! I'd love to now that she's getting rid of her little day job."
And who does Perry think would make a great last guest for Oprah? "I would hope she would be her own last guest, so she can really say what this has meant for her."
"Madea's Big Happy Family" opens Friday, April 22.