Tyler Perry and Madea are doing it again. They are touring the country on a seven-day, seven-city pre-screening tour of their new film Boo! A Madea Halloween. Perry and his alter-ego stopped in metro Detroit on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Royal Oak Emagine Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan. Perry granted interviews to the press, while Madea was off preparing to welcome all the anxiously awaiting moviegoers inside the theater.
Madea welcomed a completely packed audience to the show. She then let Perry come out to set our expectations and give us an overview of the movie. Perry and Madea both left, and that’s when the fun began. After viewing the movie, the overall synopsis is this: The movie was hilariously funny! There was nonstop laughter from the time the movie opened until the credits rolled. Perry, Madea, Joe and the rest of the regular Perry cast members put on a show. The screenplay was definitely original, and in true Tyler Perry fashion, he drove home an underlying lesson. This particular lesson was for the “sometimes unruly, disrespectful, know-it-all teens” of today: Listen to your parents, and you won’t go to jail! Well, at least that was overall the lesson we heard from some of the audience members. Nonetheless, the movie was entertaining and highly amusing and had several twists that had the audience wondering what was really going on. The movie will be in a theater near you on Friday, Oct. 21. It’s a Halloween movie you don’t want to miss.
Rolling out was on the scene and got a chance to catch up with Perry on the red carpet before the screening. We talked about his movie casting selection process, his candid advice on not giving up, and the three essential things one needs in their toolkit to be successful. Check out the interview below and let us know what you think in the comments section.
You’re known for discovering talent and having an “eye” for it. Can you tell us about the selection process for this movie? And also, can you tell us what you look for when discovering the next talent?
First of all, I love an underdog who’s never had a shot, who’s looking for that chance. They always inspire me, because they usually work harder than the veterans who usually take it for granted. But I always just look for people with tremendous talent. Like in this movie, there’s a lot of social media stars who haven’t had a shot yet, and they were really good and they did a really great job. So, I’m really excited about that.
Happy belated birthday, by the way. You’ve accomplished so much in your young 47 years. What advice would you give the struggling artist or entrepreneur who may be just about to give up?
Not to. I tell people this all the time, they get mad when I say it, but if you give up, maybe you don’t deserve it. So, keep going. No matter how tough it gets, no matter how hard it gets. Don’t stop. Because there were many, many times when I wanted to stop but had I stopped, then I wouldn’t be here now.
To make it in this industry, or in anything you want to do in life, what three essential things do you need in your toolkit to make it?
I don’t know about other people, but for me, I needed a lot of prayers, a lot of faith and a lot of work ethic. You gotta just work and work and work and work. And those were the three things for me that I would suggest. I know they worked for me and they can work for other people.