Exclusive: Tyler Perry Talks Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

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Exclusive: Tyler Perry Talks Boo 2! A Madea Halloween
Posted by Wilson Morales

October 16, 2017

Coming out this week from Lionsgate is Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, which will hit theaters on October 20. This will mark his tenth “Madea” movie.

Perry wrote, directed and stars in Boo 2! alongside Cassi Davis and Patrice Lovely.

Madea and the gang are back for this hilarious sequel. Madea, Aunt Bam, Vivian and Hattie Mae venture to a haunted campground and the group must literally run for their lives when monsters, goblins, and the bogeyman are unleashed. Meanwhile, Joe and a new character (also played by Tyler Perry) are getting high while experiencing some turbulence in the campground’s abandon building.

When Madea’s teenage grandniece Tiffany (Diamond White) is determined to attend a college Halloween party thrown by a fraternity despite being forbidden to do so by her father, Brian (Perry), little does she know the area where the party is being thrown has been haunted by spooky stories.

With a production cost of $20M, Boo! A Madea Halloween grossed $75M worldwide, making it his second biggest directorial film since 2009’s Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes To Jail, which grossed $90.5M.

Forever busy, Perry also has a book coming out soon called “Higher Is Waiting” and will be voicing a character in the faith based animated film “The Star” along with Oprah Winfrey and Tracy Morgan. Next year, he will reunite with Taraji P. Henson in “Acrimony,” which is their third collaboration after “The Family’s That Preys” and “I Can Do Bad All by Myself”.

In speaking exclusively with Perry, he spoke about Boo 2! and his other projects.

Did you know you would do a sequel when the original came out?

Tyler Perry: I did not have a sequel in mind when the film came out. When it did well I just said, “Let’s try this again,” and here we are.

Why do you think critics underestimate your films?

Tyler Perry: I don’t know. I don’t even know why they are still paying attention. I think they should go on and review some serious films and not something that’s silly and fun. That is what it is meant to be, just silly and fun.

This is your first sequel as opposed to another Madea film. How different is this?

Tyler Perry: You know, I never even thought about it. There were more laughs and more jokes that I thought I wanted to tell and more stories I could get out of this one, so I wanted to extend it a little bit.

With as many films that you have done, are there any challenges to balancing the drama and the comedy?

Tyler Perry: No, for me, it’s a shorthand. Working with Cassie Davis and Patrice Lovely, we just have a shorthand. We’ve been on stage together for years.

Between playing Madea, Brian and Joe, who do take more comfort in?

Tyler Perry: Brian is the easiest because he is closer to who I am. The one I love watching the most after it’s all over is Joe because he’s hysterical.

Part of the success of the first film was the cast, who came from the social media world. Why did you choose to go that route in casting actors?

Tyler Perry: Well, if you ignore what’s happening in digital right now, you’re ignoring the whole new way that people are discovered. Back in the day, it used to be talent shows. Now, with YouTube and the internet, that’s the new way. That’s the new talent show where you can be seen by millions of people just by doing something funny and these kids are very good at their jobs. They are very talented.

Are you working with any of them on their acting craft so that it benefits them for future projects?

Tyler Perry: My hope is that when people see them, they see the power that they have and how their audiences show up. I’m hoping that other directors will grab them up and show them the way.

In working with Cassie Davis and Patrice Lovely over the years through stage, TV and films, do you give them some leeway to add more to their characters or is it all of your script?

Tyler Perry: My writing is only a blueprint to get to the walls. They add all the meat and furniture to the room. Those women are amazing. Everybody is hoping to adlib. I want everyone to have a good time. We love the adlibs. We keep them in but unfortunately this time it ended up making the movie rated R so we had to go back and cut some of them out.

Where there any horror films that came to mind when you were writing the sequel?

Tyler Perry: I was thinking of some of the worst villains like the little girl from The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Jason from Friday. I was thinking of some of those people. Last year, I was thinking about clowns.

The news just broke that you will be playing Colin Powell in Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney film. What attracted you to saying yes to the role?

Tyler Perry: I love the challenge and I love doing something different and I’m really excited about that. It get me to pull out my dramatic chops and jump into something deeper.

With films, TV and now a book coming out, when do you decided what to do next and how much time you will devote to it?

Tyler Perry: I just feel like it’s grind time. It’s in the grind of it all. I’m trying my best to do all that I can do. I’m not getting any younger so I want to get it all in. So, it’s not necessary timeline as much as it is trying to get it all in.

With the book, “Higher is Waiting,” coming out soon, what are readers going to get that they don’t know about you already?

Tyler Perry: It’s very special in the sense that it’s a lot of things that I went through or friends who I asked me to help them understand something or a situation that I found myself counseling my friends. I used a lot of those wisdoms in the book and I think it’s going to speak to a lot of people.

We’ve seen a number of black shows cancelled recently and some of them never reached 100. That’s never the case with your shows.

Tyler Perry: With my shows, when we get to four or five seasons, which is really good and that takes us to almost 100 episodes. My deal is to get these shows to 100 episodes and if they go past that, then that’s great. I try to make sure that every show has a 100 episode minimum.

Can you talk about working with Taraji P. Henson again on “Acrimony,” which hits theaters next year?

Tyler Perry: First of all, Taraji is amazing. That movie is incredible. I can not wait for everyone to see it, critics and all. It’s amazing. Working with her is always a dream. Tara is awesome.

For Boo 2, what did Inanna Sarkis bring to the table that made you cast her?

Tyler Perry: Well again, if you see her in the movie, you will see that she definitely has it. She and Diamond and the rest of the cast are very special people. Everyone tries to post things on YouTube and online, but only a few of them blow up and find an audience; so it just speaks to the talent that they have.

Was it you or your team discovering them?

Tyler Perry: I did it myself and I would also ask the YouTubers who’s hot out there and who are they excited about and they would tell me.

How easier is it to shoot in Atlanta in your studios as opposed to LA or anywhere else?

Tyler Perry: That’s why we are able to shoot so fast because I don’t have a lot of the restrictions that they have in Hollywood. I don’t have people asking advice or giving me notes to change thing and slowing down the process. It allows me to speed up a great deal.

Should this film do well financially, is there a third film in the future?

Tyler Perry: We’ll just take it one day at a time.

When you’re not working on any project, how do you stay humble?

Tyler Perry: I don’t know any other way. This has been a tremendous gift that can be gone at any minute, so I just honor it for what it is.

What’s a good reason for folks to see Boo 2! A Madea Halloween?

Tyler Perry: With everything that’s going on in the country, and you have horrible things happening all around, I think the main reason is to go out and see some mindless, silly movie that makes you just sit there and laugh and take your mind off everything. If you are looking for something that is going to move you and is going to get an Oscar, this is not it. This film is about making people laugh.


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