Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Tyler Perry Celebrates His First R-Rated Comedy with ‘Nobody’s Fool’

*Tyler Perry is celebrating his first R-rated comedy with “Nobody’s Fool,” which premiered Sunday afternoon in New York City.

Starring Tika Sumpter, Tiffany Haddish and Whoopi Goldberg Perry told The Hollywood Reporter, “I wanted to go all the way, and that’s what we did.”

Sumpter has worked with Perry on several projects but she explained why “Nobody’s Fool” was different: “He let loose, he had a good time, and we were free in our characters — not that we weren’t before — but we could have a little bit more fun and say more ad-libs than we would’ve. It’s such a layered piece that he wrote. I’m so excited to be in his first R-rated comedy, and then with Tiffany [Haddish], Whoopi [Goldberg] and so many others, it’s exciting.”

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When asked to note the differences between working on “If Loving You Is Wrong” and “Nobody’s Fool,” Haddish joked that one of the biggest was her paycheck.

“I was one of the leads in the project, that’s what was different this time around,” she said. “And I was getting paid more money!”

Perry also spoke of the many actors he’s worked with over the years.

“Right now I find myself holding the doors open for so many people. And a lot of people want to ignore this, but I was out there on the forefront of fighting for diversity before it was ‘cool’ to be diverse, before it was ‘cool’ to hire black people,” he told THR“I was hiring all these people that have names now, so I’m really, really excited about that. Whether Hollywood wants to acknowledge it or not, that is my contribution so far and I’ll be able to point to that to my son and anybody else that works for me.”

Goldberg acknowledged Perry’s impact on the industry but also pointed out that Hollywood needs more people like him.

“What would be nice is if someone else could actually do it as well,” Goldberg said. “Lots of people could’ve done what he did, but no one did. Think of all the folks that ascended and got a lot of really good breaks and made a lot of dough — he’s the only one who decided to create his own studio, own everything, put it together and employ 7,000 people in Atlanta.”

“Nobody’s Fool” hits theaters Friday.

“Nobody’s Fool” Red Band Trailer:

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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