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SUBJECT: Tyler Perryís Meet the Browns
On February 24, 2005, Lionsgate released Tyler Perryís feature film dťbut, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, which grabbed the Number One spot at the box office making $21.9 million in tickets its first weekend, stunning industry pundits. But Perry had a built-in audience Ė since 1998, the playwright/director/actor/producer has been a superstar on Americaís urban theatre circuit; his seven plays grossing over $75 million. Now a phenomenon on the big screen as well, his new movie Tyler Perryís Meet the Browns translates one of his most popular stage plays, about a single mother, Brenda (portrayed by Angela Bassett) raising children on a meager salary. Itís a subject that is dear to the film makerís heart.
Q: Can you talk a little about this movie?:
Q: What is the black family dynamic in relation to your own life?
Q: What is the key to being a good director?
Q:: Youíve obviously found the formula for success. If you decide to go outside the genre that youíre in right now, do you think youíll get a lot of resistance from the studio and the naysayers?:
Q: Can you elaborate a little bit more on the Obama project?
Q: Your character Madea turns up in Meet the Browns, but only has one scene.
Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top
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