Tyler Perry & Tika Sumpter Talk A MADEA CHRISTMAS, Being Part of a Holiday Movie, the Outtakes, the Way Perry Likes to Work, and David Fincher

     December 12, 2013


Writer-director Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas opens this weekend.  The story finds Madea (Perry) getting coaxed into helping a friend visit her daughter (Tika Sumpter) for Christmas.  Per the synopsis, “As the small, rural town prepares for its annual Christmas Carnival, new secrets are revealed and old relationships are tested while Madea dishes her own brand of Christmas Spirit to all.”  A Madea Christmas also stars Larry the Cable Guy, Kathy Najimy, Chad Michael Murray, Anna Maria Horsford, and Alicia Witt.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

A few days ago, I landed a video interview with Perry and Sumpter in New York City.  They talked about what it means to be part of a holiday movie, the way Perry likes to work and direct on set, the end credit outtakes, and more.  Perry also talked about what it’s been like working for David Fincher on Gone Girl.  Hit the jump to watch.

Tyler Perry & Tika Sumpter:

  • What does it mean to be part of a holiday movie
  • As the head of his own studio, how does he work on set when something isn’t working?
  • The outtakes during the ending credits.  Talks about the stuff Larry the Cable Guy said.
  • How many takes does Perry like to do and how does he like to work on set?
  • What has it been like working for David Fincher and for someone that likes fifty takes?


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