Perry's plays continued to make a successful leap to the big screen.He took on the leading role in (2006), which he also directed and produced, which scored well with movie goers bringing in more than million.He staged the show in several other cities, but success still eluded him. "Can you imagine a six-foot-five man sleeping in a Geo Metro?" he once told , starring Kimberly Elise as the scorned wife and Steve Harris as the adulterous husband.Weight Loss: Tyler Perry, seen walking into The Today Show on Wednesday, has lost 30 pounds to play Alex Cross in the upcoming action film of the same name.
At 16, he changed his first name to Tyler to separate himself from his father.
The large cast included singers Jill Scott and Janet Jackson as well as Perry sans his Madea costume.
Examining the struggles of a single mother, (2008) starred Angela Bassett who takes her two children to meet her father's family after his death.
While the show tackled such tough subjects as child abuse, it also touched on forgiveness, a theme has remained central in many of his works and reflects his deep connection to his Christian faith.
After saving up ,000, Perry debuted the show—which he directed, produced, and starred in—at an Atlanta theater in 1992.
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