Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register now to see X-Men: First Class!
Feature
Tyler Perry: An Introduction
Everything you need to know about the new Alex Cross

submit to reddit

It takes a big man to step into Morgan Freeman’s shoes. Luckily, Tyler Perry is 6’5” and not afraid to take on the role of detective Alex Cross, previously taken by Freeman in Kiss The Girls and Along Came A Spider. As he gears up for the simply-titled Alex Cross (out November 30), here’s what you need to know about the phenomenal rise of Tyler Perry…

WORDS WILLIAM THOMAS
1 2 3 4 5 6
  1 of 6 Next
Tyler Perry: An Introduction | So, who is he?
So, who is he?

Born in New Orleans in 1969, Tyler Perry made his start as a playwright after seeing an episode of Oprah that advocated the therapeutic value of writing about one’s experiences. Given that his father had been an abusive alcoholic, Perry decided that this might be a good way to process his difficult childhood. His first effort, I Know I’ve Been Changed, initially flopped in 1991, but he refined and re-wrote it and in 1998 it became a runaway success, performed in a converted church. Between 1998 and 2005, Perry played about 300 shows a year and built a huge and loyal audience around the US.

1 2 3 4 5 6
 
1 of 6
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

1 RE: Tyler Perry: An Introduction
Talentless talentless man but then I'm not black so I'm not his target audience.  His work borders on the racist and if flipped and done by a white director/writer/actor would be villified for discrimination.  I hope he can actually act because I've always enjoyed the Alex Cross movies More

Posted by Mattrudyuk on Thursday June 28, 2012, 16:02

2 oh lurrd
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9HXngg1zYw More

Posted by bnicholson50 on Monday June 25, 2012, 17:47


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Best Barry Norman Anecdotes From His Empire Podcast Interview
From nearly punching Robert De Niro to the real story about ‘And why not?’

Empire 300th Issue: The Directors' Cut Cover
Spielberg, Whedon, Fincher, Abrams Mann and more take over

Fired! Losing Your Job In The Movies
The lowdown on getting dismissed on film

20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Ten Things To Know About The Spooks Movie
Under the hood of The Greater Good

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)