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Tyler Perry

Keith Nivan

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Tyler Perry is a producer of the very successful "Madea" movie series. While I'm not a big fan of his "Madea" role, I do enjoy his two tv series "House Of Payne" and "Meet The Browns" and I'm a huge fan of some of his movies like "Daddy's Little Girls", "Meet The Browns" (VERY different from the tv series and I've probably watched twenty times) and "Why Did I get Married?". Perry often uses many of the same actors in his movies, but also gets the occassional star like Angela Bassett or Janet Jackson, too.

He also produced the controversial movie "Precious", that starred Mo'Nique, Mariah Carey, Paula Patton, and introduced the world to Gabrielle Sidibe. While Mariah and Mo'Nique deliver very powerful performances in the movie, it's a very tough movie to watch, IMO.

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In all seriousness, Perry has had 5-6 movies open at #1 at the box office, and most of the 9-10 films he's made have grossed anywhere from $50M to $75-80M, after being made for relative peanuts. While he's probably the most successful African-American filmmaker in the world, he's pretty much unknown to a large segment of the population in this country, and is virtually unknown outside of the US. IMO, he's a much better businessman than filmmaker, having earned between $100-150M last year alone, via all of his tv shows, films, plays, screenplays, writings, etc.

His films are primarily family-oriented fare, although he's been crticized by other Black filmmakers as perpetuating negative racial stereotypes, and they're generally lambasted by the critics ("Precious" aside, which he co-produced)....and I'm sure Perry worries about that, all the way to the bank.

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