How Chris Rock Inspired Tyler Perry Spoof Boo! A Madea Halloween
A throwaway gag in Chris Rock‘s 2014 movie “Top Five” features a spoof of a Tyler Perry comedy starring his signature character Madea set during Halloween. The joke turns on the fact that people are lined up around the block for Perry’s silly movie while Rock can’t get anybody to go to his own film.
That’s when the executives at Lionsgate studio got an idea. They called Perry to ask him if he’d seen that scene in “Top Five.” Perry had — in fact, he’d given Rock permission to do it. They then asked if Perry wanted to actually do a Halloween-themed Madea movie.
“I don’t do Halloween witches and demons,” Perry remembers saying. “But it all worked out. I was watching YouTube one day and found a way I thought I could do this that I was happy with. And here we are.”
Recruiting social media stars like Kian Lawley, Yousef Erakat, Jc Caylen and Jimmy Tatro to join Bella Thorne, Perry created “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” with his alter-ego flinging zingers while fighting off ghosts, ghouls, zombies and crazed killers. The movie opens Friday.
How Tyler Perry Sneaks Serious Messages into Boo! A Madea Halloween
Like other Madea movies, serious messages lurk beneath the comedy as Madea has to also keep an eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
“(It’s) about parents getting in control,” Perry tells Made in Hollywood reporter Julie Harkness Arnold. “It’s just putting your foot down, running your household and being the leader and the alpha of your own pack. That is very important. And also for kids who are out partying and doing everything, whatever mistakes you make you don’t want to make mistakes that ruin the rest of your life.”
Once again, tthe alpha of the alphas is Perry, who serves as writer, director, producer and star of “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” as well as mentor to the young YouTubers in the cast.
“I love giving new people a chance,” he says. “All these YouTube sensations that are in the movie, social media influencers, they’re just talented. Each one of them has something special. They have their own thing. And I think they have a very bright future. … It’s great because then I become more than just director. I also become teacher. And it’s very important to me that I’m teaching them the right way so that when they go on to do other things, they’re like: We already know that.”
See trailer below for “Boo! A Madea Halloween.”