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With “Madea’s Witness Protection” about to hit theaters, Tyler Perry says that he is never one to take anything for granted. He says that in spite of the massive amounts of money he’s made from his films, he can’t assume that people are going to come out just because he made them. Instead, Perry says that remaining focused on his audience and doing his best with every project is what keeps him on top.
“I never take anything for granted,” he said during a recent press conference. “This character, this movie, these Madea films are always about the audience. It’s what I think they want to see, so I’m hoping they turn out. I never ever take it for granted.”
The film features other cross-over stars, such as Tom Arnold. Arnold says that Madea films are no different from what he sees in redneck culture. He hosts a show called “My Big Redneck Wedding,” which he says has antics very similar to what people see in Madea films.
This discussion is strong in light of the on-going dialogue about how Perry’s films portray the black experience. Perry’s films have been criticized by men like Spike Lee, who describe the films as “coonery and buffoonery.” But there are others who feel that the work is relatively harmless. Arnold’s comparisons with redneck culture make the interesting point that a more diverse set of images for whites affords them the luxury of having characters that reflect a broader spectrum of their humanity.