Playwright and producer Tyler Perry says he is ready to hang up Madea’s assortment of Goodwill gowns, according to a recent interview with SiriusXM.
“I just don’t want to be her age [still] playing her,” Perry joked.
Madea has been around for seemingly forever. Audiences were treated to its first glimpse of the gun-toting, church-wary granny back in 1999, when Perry’s plays featuring Madea began to become commercially successful and popular with mostly-Black audiences.
Fast forward to 2018, and Perry has made Madea the cornerstone of a $500 million empire with a ton of films and TV shows in the bag.
According to the interview, 2019’s “A Madea Family Funeral,” will be the final film featuring Madea, who by now is damn near 90 years old, but still talking smack and clunking people upside the head often with a purse with a pistol in it.
Perry has said Madea was on her way to the cinematic Up Yonder before, so we’ll have to wait and see if he’s serious this time around.
“A Madea Family Funeral” hits the big screen in March.