Madea: The end of a legacy

Efua Richardson, Co-Tempo Editor


The days of tough-talking, crime-committing, “Mad Black Woman” Mabel “Madea” Simmons, are coming to an end, says actor and producer Tyler Perry. 

During an interview on Bevy Smith’s SiriusXM show, “Bevelations,” Perry revealed his plans to retire the iconic gun-toting grandmother nearly two decades after the character was first introduced to audiences. 

Perry’s reasoning for ending the star who’s made him a fortune in movie sales? “It’s time for me to kill that old b*cth, I’m tired!” he joked on the radio show. “I just don’t want to be her age, playing her.” 

Fair enough, considering Perry has portrayed Madea since 1999, debuting the infamous character in the stage production, “I Can Do Bad All by Myself.” 

With a planned farewell stage tour and upcoming film, “Tyler Perry’s a Madea Family Funeral,” Madea will be given the proper send-off she deserves. 

In the film, “a joyous family reunion turns into a hilarious nightmare as Madea and the crew travel to backwoods Georgia and unexpectedly plan a funeral, which threatens to reveal sordid family secrets,” describes Lionsgate Studios. 

Perry said “Family Funeral” was actually filmed two years ago, but he wanted to stagger its release with his other films, which included two Madea Halloween movies and the thriller, “Acrimony.” 

Madea, a character Perry based on his own mother, aunt and Eddie Murphy’s performance in “Nutty Professor II: The Klumps,” has grossed more than $500 million worldwide at the box office across 10 films. 

Fans can expect the farewell tour and film sometime in the next year. “We’re going to say goodbye in ‘19,” Perry said. “Family Funeral” will open in theatres March 1; the trailer can be found online. 

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