One thing was clear at the Tuesday premiere of Lionsgate’s “Madea’s Big Happy Family”: There’s no such thing as too much Madea.
“There’s more Madea in this film than any other,” multihyphenate Tyler Perry told the ArcLight crowd. “So if you’re looking for Shakespeare in the Park, you’re in the wrong place. If you’re looking for the next Academy contender, leave now.”
There’s also, apparently, no such thing as too much Tyler Perry. But while Perry serves as director, producer, writer and star of his films, he thanked his colleagues, as well as his agency. “I was about to say, ‘Thanks to Tyler Perry’s William Morris,'” he joked.
Still, while Perry’s not afraid to make his name known, “Big Happy Family” star Rodney Perry — no relation — says Tyler is a humble man. “He almost didn’t book me because my name is Perry and he didn’t want that nepotism,” Rodney said. “I was like, ‘Dude, Hollywood is all about nepotism, and I have kids to feed.'”
With all this Madea mania going on, pic’s Natalie Desselle can think of one area where less might be more for Tyler Perry’s momma.
“She could do with a breast reduction,” the actress said. — Lauren Zima