Tyler Perry's path from the perilous streets of New Orleans to the
heights of Hollywood is a unique and inspiring version of the American
Dream. Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse,
from a young age he found a way to summon the strength, faith and
perseverance that would later form the foundation of his award-winning
plays, films, books and TV show, House of Payne.
KW: Hey Tyler, thanks so much for the time.
TP: I was just going through some things in my life I was having issues
with. This newfound fame was really starting to smother me, and somebody
asked me, are you living or just existing? I thought ’Wow!’ and I
started writing, and this film came out of that. At the time I heard Lee
Ann Womack singing of ’I Hope You Dance’ and it really touched me. When
you watch the movie, towards the end you’ll see a Gladys Knight remake
of the song at the moment that the film takes on the personality of,
’Live! Life is short! Live every day like it's your last.’
TP: I haven't read a book in a very, very long time, because when I'm writing I don't like to see other people's work. I don't want to see something great and not be able to use it, and I don't want to have any subconscious influences. So, it's been an extremely long time. I think the last book I read might have been Maya Angelou's Hallelujah!
KW: Music maven
Heather Covington asks: What are you listening to
Tyler Perry The Family That Preys Trailer