It was the end of an era for Tyler Perry at the New York City premiere of A Madea Family Funeral on Monday night. Nearly 15 years after the release of the first installment in the franchise, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Perry is bidding farewell to his cult favorite Madea films.
“I don’t want to be her age playing her, so it was time to shut it down and move on,” Perry, 49, told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve got some other things I want to do, and in this next 50, I’m going to do something different.”
Though the title of the 11th entry in the Madea film series seems to indicate the obvious, it’s not the gun-toting grandma whose death A Madea Family Funeral follows. According to Perry, killing her off wasn’t an option.
“It’s always going to be open-ended because what you don’t want to do is murder a family member,” he said. “And a lot of people feel like she’s a family member.”
Still, plenty of people at the premiere seemed to be mourning Madea.
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