Tyler Perry's movie studio is now among the biggest studios in all of the US.
The famous writer and director, Tyler Perry has opened his brand new massive studio in Atlanta and he threw an extraordinary party that drew A-listers from Hollywood that included names likes Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L Jackson, and Halle Berry. The studio is said to be 330 acres and has 12 sound stages. Apart from that, it is said that the Tyler Perry studio is bigger than Disney, Warner Bros. and Paramount’s studios in Burbank, California, combined.
Tyler Perry is a pretty renowned actor, writer, comedian and filmmaker who is also the first African-American to open a major studio outright. He was also helped by other prominent celebrity figures such as Spike Lee, Cicely Tyson and others. The studio is said to be one of the biggest in the US and it used to previously serve as a Confederate Army Base.
Perry, who was once homeless, in an interview with The Guardian said, "I think it’s pivotal in everything that we’ve done, everything that we’re doing still, that we continue to try to motivate and inspire people."Even though he just opened his latest studio and he has also received his Hollywood Walk of Fame, he said that Hollywood doesn't 'get' him.
In an interview with The CBS, he said, "I clearly believe that I’m ignored in Hollywood, for sure. And that’s fine. I get it. My audience and the stories that I tell are African-American stories specific to a certain audience, specific to a certain group of people that I know, that I grew up [with], and we speak a language. Hollywood doesn’t necessarily speak the language. A lot of critics don’t speak that language. So, to them, it’s like, ‘What is this?’ But I know what I do is important. I know what I do touches millions of people around the world. I know how important every word, every joke, every laugh [is]. I know what that does for the people where I come from and the people that I’m writing for. So, yeah, I get that."
The actor-director also mentioned that even though he has been criticized in Hollywood quite a few times, building the studio was not to seek any sort of validation. He added, "You know, if they get it, that’s great. If they don’t, I really feel it from the bottom of my heart, if they get it, great. If they don’t, then that’s fine, too. I know for a fact that when I drive in through these gates, onto this 330 acres and see these 12 sound stages, and see the highway sign that says ‘Tyler Perry Studios’ as you’re making to the exit in here, as I come in here and I see these hundreds of people working, these black and brown – I’ve been on sets where I’ve been the only black face on, only blackface, as recently as 2019 going, ‘Where are the black people in this movie?’ Back behind the camera? So, when I come to work here and every black person that comes to work here they go, ‘Oh my God, it’s heaven. Here we are. We’re represented.’ Where everybody’s represented. LGBTQ’s represented. Black, white, gay, straight, whatever. We’re all represented, working hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm. So, what I know about what I’m doing is, any doubters, just come take a visit and walk these streets, see these people, see these underdogs and you tell me what I do don’t matter."
Oprah Winfrey praised Tyler Perry and his studio and he said that he is a force to be reckoned with. She said, "He didn’t wait for other people to validate or to say you should go this way, or that way. He said: ‘I’m going to create my own way,’ and as we can see here, become a force for himself."