American actor, writer, comedian and filmmaker Tyler Perry has etched his name into the record books by being the first black man to own a film studio.
That’s not all, his studio is the biggest in the world, more than Disney and Disney, Warner Bros. and Paramount’s studios in Burbank, California, combined.
He made a grade opening of the facility this week in Atlanta, Georgia and it was all excitement for him as the likes of Spike Lee, Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L. Jackson and Beyoncé were all in attendance.
However, despite the new studios, and the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame he just received, Perry believes Hollywood doesn’t ‘get’ him, and the industry ignores him and his work.
He told CBS News that: “I clearly believe that I’m ignored in Hollywood, for sure. And that’s fine. I get it.
My audience and the stories that I tell are African-American stories specific to a certain audience, specific to a certain group of people that I know, that I grew up [with], and we speak a language. Hollywood doesn’t necessarily speak the language. A lot of critics don’t speak that language. So, to them, it’s like, ‘What is this?’
But I know what I do is important. I know what I do touches millions of people around the world. I know how important every word, every joke, every laugh is. I know what that does for the people where I come from and the people that I’m writing for. So, yeah, I get that.”
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Tyler Perry is an American actor, writer, producer, and director. In 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest paid man in entertainment, earning $130 million USD between May 2010 and May 2011. Perry created and performs the Madea character, a tough elderly black woman.
Perry has additionally acted in films not directed or produced by himself, including as Admiral Barnett in Star Trek (2009), the titular character in Alex Cross (2012), Tanner Bolt in Gone Girl (2014), Baxter Stockman in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (2016) and Colin Powell in Vice (2018).