For 20 years, Tyler Perry has captivated audiences with Madea, a slick talking, gun carrying, comedic grandmother, but her time has come to an end.
Mabel Earlene “Madea” Simmons has been a name so many have heard in their households. Whether it was growing up watching the plays, or joining the bandwagon for the recent movies, Madea has been a fan favorite.
Created by Tyler Perry back in 1999 with the stage play “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” Madea made her presence known.
Sadly, her character which was portrayed by Perry himself has taken her last bow with the film Madea appearance in “A Madea Family Funeral.”
On Friday, Hollywood Unlocked attended the “Madea Family Funeral Brunch” where we spoke with four of the actors to talk about what made Madea such a household name and what it was like to be apart of the film.
We were joined by KJ Smith who played Carol, Rome Flynn who played Jessie, Courtney Burrell who played AJ, and Ciera Payton who played Silvia.
When asked about what it meant to have a character like Madea being the spotlight for this long, Ciara spoke about how Madea transcended cultural barriers with her role as she was able to experience a shared liking for Madea with aunts that were Caucasian. She also shared that Madea’s character speaks to so many views due to her various characteristics. KJ mentioned that it was important that the black community have someone like Madea in the spotlight because it showed that it is perfectly normal to have family members that resemble her.
As for working with Perry, all four actors spoke his praises due to his extraordinary ideas and love for helping others due to his personal background. Rome shared that working with Perry made his job 10 times easier due to being a creator alongside being an actor due to the various hats he wears. He also shared that it was amazing seeing a massive amount of black crew members which is something that is not always common. As for Courtney, he shared that Perry thought him a sense of urgency and understanding that time is money and that you have to always stay ready so that you don’t have to get ready.
One common statement from all four actors about Perry was the fact that while on set, it’s not only the lines that are on the script, but he gives them room to freestyle and adlib and that is something that makes the filming time worthwhile.
“A Madea Family Funeral” will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on June 4th and on digital May 21st!