Tyler Perry is known to be one of the most charitable celebrities in Hollywood. He even went the extra mile for paying an iconic actress a great amount for one day’s work on a set.
While speaking to AARP’s The Magazine, the actor/filmmaker shared that he once paid the legendary actress Cicely Tyson $1 million for a day’s worth of work on his 2007 movie “Why Did I Get Married?” Perry really wanted to show her the respect that he has earned over the decades in the business.
“This woman had done so many amazing things, but she wasn’t well compensated for it, She made $6,000 for Sounder, you know? I wanted to make sure she knew that there were people who valued her.”
The 52-year-old “Madea” actor explained that he “loved working with Tyson” stating, “It makes me feel great that I was in a position to give this incredible woman some security in her latter years.” The two worked together on several projects from “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” (2005) to Madea’s Family Reunion” (2006) and “Why Did I Get Married Too?” (2010).
The screen legend had a career over several decades and revoulationized representation in Hollywood. When she passed in 2021, Perry took to Instagram to pen an earnest tribute to the actress.
“My heart breaks in one beat while celebrating her life in the next,”
“To think that she lived for 96 years and I got to be a part of the last 16 brings me great joy. She called me son. Well, today your son grieves your loss and will miss our long talks, your laughter from your belly, and your very presence.”
“Always so regal, always so classy, always a lady, always a queen. Every time we would talk I would ask, ‘How are you?’ and you would say, ‘I’m still here. He must have something he wants me to do.’ Well, I think it’s safe to say you have done all you were put here to do, and we are all better for it.”
Tyler Perry can sometimes make headlines thanks to accusing the Hollywood machine of boycotting him. That being said, he still has a massive fan base and is tremendously valuable to a culture he continues cultivating.
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