Cape Town - Actor and comedian Tyler Perry shocked fans when he announced that he would be discontinuing the character he has become known for, Madea.
Now, he has opened up about why he decided to kill off the character.
Speaking to Page Six the actor said, "I've made my last Madea," he said. "It made so many people laugh, but turning 50, I don't want to be her age playing her."
The finale of the Madea film series will be ending off with funeral fun and a lot of people have questioned the actor’s decision and in response to people’s the actor told Page Six, "Look, nothing's funnier than stuff that happens at a Black funeral."
"Who'd let Madea plan a nice burial? And with a Beyoncé hat on? If you're looking for Schindler's List, this ain't it. I just want to make people laugh."
After releasing 11 plays and 12 films that have grossed up to $496m (R6.1bn) Tyler admitted to NBC 4 Washington that he's a bit nostalgic about walking away from his signature character, but believes it's the right time.
“I’m so, so grateful for everything Madea has brought to my life, but, you know, I’m turning 50 and I certainly don’t want to be her age playing her,” he said.
“I feel she’s had a great run and I’m full of gratitude for it.” Tyler said.
It is definitely the end of a hilarious era. The final film titled A Madea Family Funeral will open in SA cinemas on Friday, 1 March.
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