Tyler Perry on his first-ever R-rated movie and his fondness for Cape Town

2018-11-02 15:12
Tyler Perry

Cape Town - Channel24 spoke to one of the most recognisable filmmakers in Hollywood, Tyler Perry, about his first-ever R-rated comedy, Nobody's Fool and his upcoming trip to South Africa. 

Nobody's Fool opened in local cinemas on Friday, and boasts an all-star comedy cast including Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Missy Pyle, Omari Hardwick, Amber Riley and Whoopi Goldberg.

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Tyler, the man behind everybody's favourite obnoxious grandmother, Madea, says working with such an all-star comedy cast was "a lot of fun," and he wrote the script specifically with Tiffany in mind.

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He says: "I definitely wanted to work with her again. I worked with her about five years ago, before she was well, Tiffiany Haddish famous."

"And when I called her to say I wanted to write something for her she was very excited about it. It was a match made in heaven," he adds.


As one would imagine, Tyler says that there was a lot of "ad-libbing going back and forth" on set. And even though he was behind the camera this time around, he was "right in there with them." 

"I was ad-libbing a lot with the cast off camera, telling them what to say. About 90% of the movie is scripted and 10% is ad-lib, and playing around," he adds. 

Encouraging people to watch Nobody's Fool at local cinemas, the hit-movie maker says: "If you want to laugh till you can't laugh anymore, then go see the movie."

Nobody's Fool


Even though Nobody's Fool is a big laugh, and you'll be screaming "Hallelurr" at the top of your lungs, the movie still has a strong positive message. Nobody is perfect and that's okay. 

Elaborating on the core message, Tyler says: "You make these ridiculous lists. One day you might just get everything on it, or you may not. You'll never get 100% from someone, because that would mean that someone is perfect. You have to take people for who they are."

The comedian then refers to one of the characters in the movies, saying: "Whoopi had the best line when she spoke about imperfect people, and loving the few perfections you find in imperfect people."


One of the highest paid men in entertainment, Tyler will be visiting South Africa for the upcoming Global Citizen Festival, taking place in Johannesburg in December. 

The 49-year-old visited local shores once before for the opening of Oprah Winfrey's school, and says he hopes to able to visit Table Mountain on his trip this time around.

"It's really a beautiful place," he says. 

(Photo: Paramount Pictures)

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