While Chinonye Chukwu was filming “Till” — which tells the story of Mamie Till-Mobley’s relentless pursuit of justice following the lynching of her 14-year-old son, Emmett Till — she spotted someone she didn’t recognize visiting with the film’s producer and star Whoopi Goldberg on the Atlanta set. “I see this tall man. I was like, ‘Who is this?’” Chukwu recalls. The mysterious visitor was Tyler Perry.“I came in to support,” Perry explains as the two filmmakers sit down. “I just wanted to...
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Perry has shown comedic mastery in everything from his career-making star turns as sassy family matriarch Madea in 11 films and numerous stage productions to the hundreds of hours of TV he churns out at his Tyler Perry Studios compound of facilities in Atlanta. He’s taken on occasional dramatic roles as well, in movies such as “Alex Cross” (2012) and “Gone Girl” (2014), and in 2022 he went deep with his Netflix feature “A Jazzman’s Blues,” which he scripted back in 1995. Written, directed and produced by Perry, it is the tragic, decades-spanning story of a romance between a Black couple (Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer) forced to separate as teens and later reunited. This year also saw Emory University introduce a course on Perry’s oeuvre.