Tyler Perry took off his Madea costume for the movie Good Deeds, but it turns out he may be more comfortable performing in fake boobs and a dress.
“I’m used to a costume. Give me something to hide behind. This guy is so close to who I am in real life. We share so many similarities. I feel like a reality star, which I’m not. That’s what made me uncomfortable,” Tyler told the co-hosts of “The View.”
In the new film, opening Friday, Tyler plays a successful businessman who meets a woman, played by Thandie Newton, struggling to overcome obstacles and build a good life for her child.
At the heart of it, Tyler said the film is about finding one’s purpose in life and helping others.
“I just want people to know that there are a lot of people out there going through things by no fault of their own. It’s just a difficult time. So, here you have this guy who’s stuck in his life. Everybody’s always told him what to do, and he’s done it. He’s been privileged his whole life. Then, you have this woman who’s really going through some rough times and they end up helping each other,” he said.
Tyler’s next movie, The Marriage Counselor, also has a message for viewers. And although many complained that he offered a role to Kim Kardashian, whose short-lived marriage was widely perceived as a publicity stunt, the director suggested the movie might help her, too.
“I just think she was supposed to be there,” Tyler said. “When you see the film, there are great messages about marriage and love and faith and family that I think everybody could use.”
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—Tracy L. Scott