Tyler Perry doesn’t have any plans to move his production studio to Hollywood because he likes the honest feedback he gets from fans in Atlanta.
“In Hollywood people always tell you everything’s great. In Atlanta, if something’s wrong: ‘Hey man, I saw your show last night. It sucked. You need to do better.’ That’s what’s great about it: Being down there with real people. They don’t care. They’re going to tell you the truth,” Tyler told Jay Leno Thursday night.
Although he likes all Atlanta has to offer, Tyler has to pace himself when it comes to watching the Atlanta-based “Real Housewives” series.
“I had to cut myself off … ‘cause I felt my brain melting a little bit,” Tyler said. Jay admitted that he tunes into the Bravo hit show because it helps him appreciate his wife more.
Watching “Real Housewives of Atlanta” isn’t all Jay and Tyler have in common. They men swapped stories about their times living in vehicles. Tyler, who said he was homeless for three months, lived in a Geo Metro convertible and Jay slept inside a much larger ’55 Buick Roadmaster.
“I was a lame-ass broke dude back then,” Tyler joked.
Tyler also talked about his upcoming film, Madea’s Family Reunion, which he said he wrote in honor of his mother who passed away more than a year ago.
“My mother died a year and a half ago, and I wrote this in her memory. It’s just about Madea getting the whole family together,” he explained.
Although the Madea character works on film, Tyler told Jay he does not ever dress up as Madea in the real world.
“That’s just strange. That’s weird. Why won’t I do that? I’m 6-foot-6 and a man,” Tyler said.
Watch Part 1 of Tyler’s interview with Jay.
-Tracy L. Scott