In Tyler Perry’s latest installment of his Madea film franchise, Madeas’s Witness Protection, the Connecticut-based Needleman family are forced to flee criminal charges and the mob for safety, shelter and some tough love down South.
At the New York City premiere of the film, which was attended by the film’s stars—Tyler, Romeo Miller, Eugene Levy and Denise Richards—S2S got a sense of how some celebrities find their own refuge.
Like many people, Rev. Run turned to church when the pressures of everyday life became unbearable. “People want to run since everyday life is just tough. My escape became God and church,” he told us. “When I was in church and comforted that was the greatest escape ever, and that’s how I became the Rev.”
When Gayle King needs to regroup, nothing works better than a nice warm bath. “I’m in the tub with lots of bubbles. I’m serious! You can get a lot of thinking in the tub," she shared.
Marla Gibbs (“The Jeffersons,” “227”) has no time for running since the veteran actress revealed to us that she has been busy working. In addition to her role in Madea’s Witness Protection, Marla was being filmed on the red carpet for a forthcoming special on TV One’s “Life After.” One thing the episode may touch on is Marla’s role in the fall 2012 Byron Allen series, “The First Family.”
On "The First Family," Marla told us that she plays the First Lady’s mother while Gladys Knight is the president’s mother. Marla’s former "227" co-star Jackee Harry also plays her daughter.
If Tyler has his way, Bobbi Kristina will also have a fruitful career like Marla. Tyler told us that Bobbi has a great future in acting. He advised that in healing from her mother Whitney Houston’s death, she needs to be surrounded by those she can trust. “The whole purpose is to make sure she was around people that care and people she can trust. I’m glad I was able to do that,” he said.
Madea’s Witness Protection opens June 29.
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