Things didn’t start off well between the two entertainers, but Tyler Perry said he and Spike Lee have learned to respect one another’s different approaches to film-making.
“Spike flew down to my house after he watched the Oprah [Winfrey] interview that I did. We had a long conversation. He came by himself to my house,” Tyler told “The Talk.”
Tyler joked that Spike’s solo arrival meant he could bury the Do the Right Thing creator’s body on the premises with no witnesses.
In the past, Spike has been very vocal in criticizing Tyler’s Madea character and the stereotypes that Tyler sometimes reinforces in his movies. However, Tyler said they’ve moved past arguing about their varying styles of movie-making.
“We’ve had great conversation. We have two very different opinions about what we do,” he said, acknowledging that both men know their audiences and are serving them well.
“He’s very clear about what he does and where he stands, and so am I. I know that my audience loves what I do, and I know that he has an audience that loves what he does and that doesn’t mean that there’s no room for the other,” Tyler said.
Despite their professional differences, Tyler said he’s pleased that he, Spike, Malcolm Lee, Lee Daniels, Steve McQueen and other Black men in film are being recognized.
“I was at the Oscars this year and it was the 75th anniversary of Hattie McDaniel winning the Oscar and she wasn’t even allowed to sit up front. She had to sit in the back,” Tyler said. “To have all of us there and celebrate, I’m so proud of how far we’ve come.”
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