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Tuesday, March 01, 2016 9:13 PM

Q & A: Tyler Perry Speaks Out!

By: Carlos Harleaux

Tyler Perry is one of Hollywood's busiest and most accomplished men. He's currently on the road with his Madea on the Run stage play, in addition to writing numerous TV shows and prepping for the release of Madea's first stab at comedic horror later this year. He took some time out to answer some burning questions we've been having. Although he didn't comment on the highly publicized Oscars debacle this year, he gave us some more juicy info that is detailed below. 

Who is one actor/actress, dead or alive, that you would love to cast in one of your films that you have not already? 

I would love to have worked with Lena Horne or Dorothy Dandridge. Lena Horne was in my lifetime and I was hoping that… “one day.” She was one of the few people that I wanted to meet... just to hear her stories, and hear about her life and all the things that she’d been through. Her life spanned so many generations. She was definitely one that I wanted to have an opportunity to meet and work with.

Do you have a certain system of differentiating between characters and plots when you are working on multiple projects at once (TV shows, movies, plays, etc.)?

I always create for the medium that I’m writing for. I know that when I’m writing for stage I can be as big as I want to be. Television is a smaller box so you have to be a little more contained, although I try to be as wild in my TV shows as I can. Film is a totally different medium. In television I have a much longer time to tell a story. In film, I have an hour and forty-five to two hours to tell the story. That can present some challenges but I love doing them all.

What is one thing you wish you could go back and tell yourself 20 years ago? 

I would tell Tyler twenty years ago, just keep doing what you’re doing. Keep working hard. Everything is going to be fine and everything you feel is going to happen, is going to happen. You’re on the right path. Stay true to what you believe and what you feel.

If you could sum up your life in one song, what would it be and why?

The song that would sum up my life would be “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack. Gladys Knight covered it for one of my movies. It’s just about enjoying every moment and dancing all the way through life. If you get the chance to sit out or dance, get in there and dance, and fight, and enjoy it, and love it. So that’s my absolute theme song for life… just dance, enjoy life.

Check out the rest of the interview here Tyler Perry Part 2