Despite the title of his new movie, “Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween,” Tyler Perry is not a fan of the scary holiday that falls on the last day of this month.
“No! N-O. I definitely do not like Halloween,” said Perry from the Mandarin Oriental Miami Hotel recently. “I don’t like masks, creepy clowns, dark things, goblins or witches. They’re not just my thing. But still I found a way to do this movie where I felt comfortable with it.”
“Boo!” is of course a comedy that centers around his cross dressing senior citizen alter ego, the advice-spouting Madea. The endearing character has also appeared in 2009’s “Madea Goes to Jail” and “Madea’s Witness Protection” in 2012.
But this time around, she’s getting more of a starring role.
“I’m giving the people what they want. This film has more Madea than anything. She’s in almost every scene, except the first two or three. It’s all about her. The other ones were a little light on her.”
In the quasi horror comedy, the gray-haired heroine is babysitting her great niece on (you guessed it) Halloween and ends up battling zombies, demons and other beastly creatures with her bare hands.
The idea actually came from Chris Rock’s 2014 film “Top Five,” which featured a spoof movie of the same name.
“It seemed hysterical. I knew it would have people rocking back and forth in their seats,” he said. “And when I wrote it I was cracking up. So I figured if I was laughing while I was doing the script then the audience was going to love it too.”
Though laughter is very important to Perry — who has 17 films, 20 plays and seven TV shows under his belt — he wanted to make sure the film, however ridiculous, had a message.
“I don’t just do a movie to do a movie,” said the New Orleans native. “Of course I want to amuse people, but some of Madea’s greatest moments are when she gets to talk about child rearing and bullying and all kinds of things like that.”
So though we can’t expect Perry to dress up in costume or hand out treats Oct. 31, Madea just might.
“Well, you know,” he said, suddenly breaking into character, with a heavy Southern accent. “She was a former stripper so she might just break out a pole or something!”
Perry was only in Miami a short time but vowed to return when he was not on a rush-rush press tour (the night before he walked the red carpet at AMC Sunset Place 24 for a fan screening).
“I need to come back here just to relax and have a good time,” he said. “I have to make that a priority. I could definitely use some R&R. I’m just psyched to sleep right now.”