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It seemed that Tyler Perry’s time as Madea was over after A Madea family funeral premiered in 2019. Perry proved it by taking on various roles while working and launching an unlimited supply of TV shows. But he reconsidered his stance after announcing a new movie starring the foul-mouthed, gun-wielding grandmother. After declaring that he was done with the beloved character, what prompted him to bring her back? The don’t look up star opened up about why she brought the hilarious matriarch back for another movie.

Around the time of the previous made a movie, the media mogul was ready to leave the beloved character behind. She had grown beyond gray hair and patterned dresses. But the scandalous matriarch was still living rent-free in Tyler Perry’s mind, so perhaps her cinematic return wasn’t too surprising. But there was something that pushed Perry to bring her back. The multi-hyphen spilled out to entertainment weekly about why Madea was needed during these difficult times.

I was looking at the state of the world and how polarized it is… no one is laughing. No one gets a chance to laugh out loud anymore. And I say, what tool do I have in my arsenal that can generate that kind of laughter?

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