Tyler Perry teamed up with Netflix, the streaming juggernauts, to create and release his latest project, and first film with the studio, A Fall from Grace, which marks an important turning point in the actor/director/writer’s career.
During a recent conversation with BET, Tyler dished on what it was like to work with Netflix, as well as one of the most important lessons he learned while working in Hollywood, and the entertainment industry in general.
As fans of the filmmaker know, his first screen adaption was Diary Of A Mad Black Woman, released 15 years ago in 2005. Crystal Fox, the star of the picture, went on to work with the director several times over the years, including House of Payne in addition to The Haves and Have Nots.
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When asked by the outlet what it was like to work in Hollywood, Perry stated that he has learned to stay “true” to his voice, and his artistic vision. The filmmaker claims he’s more than aware of who his audience is, and how to please them.
Perry stated it’s crucial for an artist to stick to their path, avoid catering to the opinions and others, and create art that resonates with oneself, above all else. Perry, at the end of the conversation, claimed his ability to stay in alignment with his own artistic vision is what kept him going all these years.
“Wow, 15 years,” the director remarked. Earlier in the interview, Perry also shared his thoughts on the millennial and baby boomer divide. According to Tyler, he thinks that Millenials believe baby boomers aren’t capable of “deep” thinking.
Paraphrasing the House Of Payne creator, Millenials forget that baby boomers were young once as well, and they know what’s going on just like the younger generation. In the same interview, Perry also explained how he didn’t use a writer’s room.
Mr. Perry has since gone on to become one of the most successful men in the entertainment industry. Back in 2011, Forbes listed him as the highest-paid man in entertainment, with an estimated $130 million earned between May of 2010 and 2011.