Tyler Perry needs to start taking carpentry lessons, because building the sets for his films is the only thing he hasn’t done. For almost all of his films, he is the writer, director, producer, and usually one of the lead actors. In most of his films, his acting involves dressing in drag as his signature character Madea and putting on cumbersome amounts of make-up. If there were an Oscar for sheer amount of work done, Tyler Perry would have it. But, the films he’s put forth have definitely shown the effort he’s put into them.
The only film to date that Tyler Perry has directed, but not appeared in, this tale of a hard working father, played by Idris Elba, also stars Gabrielle Union and Oscar winner Louis Gosset Jr.
9. Madea’s Class Reunion
This teleplay DVD release is scheduled to be made for and released to theaters later this year. Given that it stars Perry in his usual role as Madea in addition to another role, we seem to be in for double the craziness.
8. The Family That Preys
A rare film in which Perry does not appear as Madea, he instead plays the best friend of the title character, with whom he wishes to set up a construction business. We’re all still getting over the fact that he’s not in a dress.
7. Meet the Browns
Perry only has a small role in this film, doubling as Madea and Madea’s brother. However, the fact that this was spun off into a TV series should be some consolation to him, as should the fact that it made back double its budget.
6. I Can Do Bad All By Myself
Appearing again in the double roles of Madea and Joe, one has to respect any film that brings together Mary J. Blige and Gladys Knight. If only they had a jam session in this movie.
5. Why Did I Get Married Too?
Another non-Madea film, this April 2010 follow-up to 2007’s Why Did I Get Married? finished behind only Clash of the Titans at the box office.
4. Why Did I Get Married?
The film features four couples which all ask the titular question. At least it has something in common with its audience.
3. Madea’s Family Reunion
If a family reunion that includes Perry’s Medea, a sassy, pistol packing grandmother, isn’t worth going to, there are no family reunions worth the hassle.
Perry’s first film, we see Madea introduced as the grandmother of the title character, a woman cast out by her husband and his new mistress. It was a surprise hit and put Perry on the path to a secure career in Hollywood.
1. Madea Goes to Jail
Playing three roles, including Madea, Madea Goes to Jail made over 90 million at the box office and has sold over 1 million DVDs. Apparently everyone thought it was a steal.
With split screen technology being what it is, the next step for Perry is playing all the roles in a movie and forsaking other actors altogether. If he ever does, the film that comes out of it surely won’t lack for interest.