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Lion’s Gate ‘Mad’ for Perry

Multihyphenate's project evolves from play to feature

HOLLYWOOD — Legit guy Tyler Perry made his Hollywood debut Feb. 21 with the bow of his “Diary of a Mad Black Woman.”

Perry, wrote, produced and starred as three separate characters in the pic, which he originally wrote as a play.

“Before talking with Lions Gate, I had decided to do the film for DVD, which is my regular channel of distribution,” Perry told Variety. “But, when they offered me creative control, I was in.”

Pic’s star Shemar Moore expressed his eagerness for Tinseltown to see Tyler’s work.

“He is going to be a force to be reckoned with; not just as Madea (one of the characters he plays in the film), but as a producer, writer and barrier- breaker.”

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