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Tyler Perry Assures Fans He Did "For Colored Girls" Justice, Makes Casting History


Director/Writer/Producer Tyler Perry sent out a letter last night to address the doubts and concerns people are having that he can pull off a movie version of the stage play and book "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf".

 

He addresses the doubters when you read on...

Tyler explained in his message to fans yesterday how he went about turning the unique stage play "For Colored Girls" into a movie.  And he assured the doubters that he did the literary work justice.  By the way, Tyler and the cast are making history with having the largest black female ensemble cast in a movie. FABULOUS. His letter:

We are only a little more than 3 weeks out from FOR COLORED GIRLS, which
opens on November 5th. Wow, time is flying! I wanted to talk to you for
just a second about this film. There has been a lot of Internet chatter
about me doing this film. I've heard everything from, "I'm glad he's doing
it!", to "How dare he touch this!". Believe me, I know that this is
sensitive material and I handled it that way. If you don't believe me see
for yourself on November 5th.

If you know anything about the book or play, FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE
CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, which is what my film is
based on, then you know that it is one of the most powerful literary works
of this century. But, if you know it, you are also thinking like I was,
"How can I make this into a movie?"

After reading the play a thousand times and listening to these poems a
million times, it hit me. There was only one way to approach it. So what
I did was, I put these characters in the situations around the poems, so
that they could speak the dialogue of the book without it sounding like a
poem. And I have to tell you, I wasn't sure that it could be done. But,
after listening to Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Macy
Gray, Kimberly Elise, Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine,
Anika Noni Rose and Janet Jackson say these words it was awesomely
seemless.

The stories are about eight women who live in NYC and we follow them
through their lives; follow them through loving, losing, giving too much
of themselves, being hurt and betrayed, but most of all, we follow each of
these women as they find love for themselves.

This movie is powerful. It is incredible. The performances in it are
astonishing, but most of all this film will leave you lifted.

I don't know if you know this either, but never in the history of a
feature film has there been an ensemble of this many black women. That
alone is worth celebrating. I hope you are planning to see it on November
5th.

By the way, you don't have to be a colored girl to be able to relate to
and enjoy this movie.
 

Can't wait till November 5th!  Check out the trailer featuring the cast Janet Jackson, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Divine, Anika Noni Rose, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Macy Gray, and Phylicia Rashad:

 

Extras:

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vibramshop's picture

but children leave threatened

but children leave threatened by swarovski parents, will embrace the moment at home, or to grow Swarovski crystal hoop earrings,
xue's picture

Tyler Perry, is hands down,

Tyler Perry, is hands down, the best director, writer, and actor of our time! He discusses taboo situations that are very real to too many out in the world. He and his work is medicine and therapy to some. This film will be fantastic like all of his other works have been. And no, you don't have to be a colored woman, to love and appreciate his work. He crosses all color lines with his films and their messages.
Tracy Fritz's picture

go on tyler, you'reeeeeeeeee

go on tyler, you'reeeeeeeeee badddddddddddddd
Anonymous's picture

well despite of all the

well despite of all the negative criticism...i wanna see it..
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jocasl's picture

I can't wait to see this

I can't wait to see this movie! I dont understand how people can't be excited about this movie! Look @ the great cast! How about us supporting Tyler Perry who employs black actors- in excess might I add. This film looks extraordinary. Why are people afraid to see truth and see things that are groundbreaking, and that may change their perspective?? I haven't even read the book-yet, but look forward to it. I think this IS something positive, that will bring light to what black women have struggled with for years. Maybe this will help show people what we truely have to deal with.
beautyisanopinion's picture

I can't support TP or this

I can't support TP or this movie. He always puts "us" in a negative light. He is single handedly souring the perception America has on black women. I don't think any of you should waste your money on a director who portray's us as poor, broken, dysfunctional, and ghetto. Precious was also a film that did this. I want John Singleton back, I want more directors who get our story right without demeaning us in the process.
Anonymous's picture

I wish he would stop making

I wish he would stop making movies and go away. I will never support him either..He's always making the most negative crap. It' 2010 and seriously ...he makes a movie calling us "Colored girls"...PLEASE GO AWAY TYLER P. WE DON'T NEED YOU.
Blue Eyed Angel's picture

It seems like TP struggles

It seems like TP struggles with his sexuality. Ok that was off topic but true....I still like his movies tho
Anonymous's picture

isnt he engaged to taraji p

isnt he engaged to taraji p henson
Anonymous's picture

Sexual identity confusion is

Sexual identity confusion is characteristic of a person who has been sexually abused; as was Tyler Perry.
Anonymous's picture

Like your mama use to

Like your mama use to say...Try it you may like it...Wait to give your thoughts about the movie after you see it...The cast alone just gives me goose bumps. All fabulous ladies. I will support the movie.
WHY?'s picture

We are so easy to knock our

We are so easy to knock our own culture. Come on people!
bren's picture

I def AGREE!!!

I def AGREE!!!
missblessed's picture

Wow he just shut the haters

Wow he just shut the haters down! Pubbed his movie at the same time and gave a shot out to the actors! LMAO.....
litalicious's picture

Thandie just stands out in

Thandie just stands out in this crowd, so gorgeous. Its actually difficult to believe she is in such a film.
Anonymous's picture

Did you not see Beloved?

Did you not see Beloved?
Anonymous's picture

Out of all the women in this

Out of all the women in this movie and you think Thandie stands out wtf. I was wondering why they would cast her at all
Anonymous's picture

The fact that TP brings the

The fact that TP brings the issue of trials and thoughts of suicide to the forefront gives us a vehicle to have a discussion. The issues for our community are real and often do not get attention or addressed until it too late. Great job on his part for recognizing our issues are real and deserve a platform.
Anonymous's picture

One day there will come a

One day there will come a movie about African Americans that shows their beauty and majesty. Until then we can watch and be entertained by their pathology, thank you Hollywood.
Woodstock's picture

Well said.

Well said.
Anonymous's picture

Everyone is entitled to their

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but I thought people would be more supportive of a movie that has so many black actresses. Tyler Perry is one of the few directors giving them work.
Chaka1's picture

I was too young to go see the

I was too young to go see the play live but I remembered seeing it on PBS not too longer after it left Broadway. I don't really remember the play being so much about the African-American woman as much as the experience of being in relationships. Yes, the story was told through the eyes of best friends but it was more a story of their relationships or lack their of with men. The play focussed on the ups, downs, struggles and laughter through the eyes of those women. I remembered my friends and I recreating the roles of those women and the most famous line to come out of a play or movie, outside of "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn." had to be the plant watering line...lol That play was not just a play, it was an experience. Even when it aired on tv, you could still feel the everything those women were going through. I hope for Tyler Perry's sake he didn't turn this movie into a male bashing movie because that play was simply not about that.
tellmeaboutit's picture

I have very little faith in

I have very little faith in Tyler Perry's writing abilities. I hate to be so doubtful... but I really do not think he can pull this off. I will def go and see it for support!!!
Anonymous's picture

I'm sorry but Tyler Perry is

I'm sorry but Tyler Perry is not a visionary director to lead a project like this. If this project was in better hands, many academy award nominations would have come out from this. It's a damn shame to waste the talents of so many black actresses. SMH
miscarried baby aka Scary Hilson's picture

Considering that the movie

Considering that the movie isn't out and nominations have not yet been made how do you formulate the opinion that this movie is wasting the talents of so many black actresses???? That's a bit obtruse.
Christi's picture

Why has no one else stepped

Why has no one else stepped up to the plate?
Chaka1's picture

OH PLEASE.........Do you know

OH PLEASE.........Do you know how many movies get pitched, how many projects get rejected? The reason TP can do this is because he has his OWN money and the relationship he does with Lionsgate. The reason all of that is possible is not just due to his own ingenuity and hardwork (though I don't want to discredit that), but also due to the fact that the material he puts out is SO nonthreatening to Hollywood. He usually puts Blacks in the most simple, overly dramatic and under written tales imaginable, most of the time appealing to not quite the lowest denominator, but certainly not that far from it. IF TP was making thought provoking work, putting highly skilled Black actresses in roles coveted by Whites...trust and believe he wouldn't have the success he does now, much less the clout in Hollywood. Part of that is our faults though, because we wouldn't support it. The same way we shrink from supporting movies like "the great debaters", but flock to "Madea's whatever".
Anonymous's picture

Not a huge Tyler Perry fan at

Not a huge Tyler Perry fan at all...although I like a few of his movies...but this trailer looks very interesting. Its not his usual Madea flick plagued with stereotypes and cross-dressing. I'm actually looking forward to it!
monalisa's picture

I can't wait!!!

I can't wait!!!
513hotgirl's picture

I can not wait to see this

I can not wait to see this movie!!!!! So excited!!!!!!
bebebrazil's picture

I'll give it a

I'll give it a try. www.citizette.com
Lizzy's picture

I can't wait until this comes

I can't wait until this comes out!!!! Some people just aren't satisfied they hate on Tyler Perry for his Madea movies and then when he does something totally different they still hate. Before you see it there should be no judgment passed he's the only 1 out right now that supports his people by putting them in his movies, shows and behind the scenes and not just the same faces we see everyday.
Camryn J's picture

This is one movie I wont wait

This is one movie I wont wait to see on DVD/BlueRay.
rxntx's picture

I agree, I even have a

I agree, I even have a streaming site I watch up to date movies on but I'm going to pay to see it originally THEN rewatch it later on my stream.
Wisdom2's picture

There is a lot of weave in

There is a lot of weave in that picture!
Anonymous's picture

Actually, only 2 or 3 are

Actually, only 2 or 3 are wearing weaves in the pic-Kerry Washington, Loretta Divine and possibly Thandi. Anika Noni Rose, Felicia, Janet, Kimberly and Tessa are wearing their natural hair.
imnotthatstoopid's picture

My mom said she would wait to

My mom said she would wait to see the movie because that was her first live play she saw as a teenager. She just hopes its not too far off base from the play. Well wishes Tyler Perry
Ron's picture

"Why'd Halle have to have a

"Why'd Halle have to have a white man pop her to get an Oscar??" - Jadakiss all I know is that if this movie doesnt get any sort of recognition during Award season, Ima know something. Can we all just make an effort to support this movie SIMPLY because its an ALL BLACK CAST..? and the fact that its paving the way for the younger generation of Black female actresses, i.e. Thandie Newton and Kerry Washington? based on the preview alone, I know Tyler didnt do anything to screw up this movie soo stop making an excuse to NOT see it.
Jasmineee's picture

all I know is that if this

all I know is that if this movie doesnt get any sort of recognition during Award season, Ima know something. Can we all just make an effort to support this movie SIMPLY because its an ALL BLACK CAST..? and the fact that its paving the way for the younger generation of Black female actresses, i.e. Thandie Newton and Kerry Washington? based on the preview alone, I know Tyler didnt do anything to screw up this movie soo stop making an excuse to NOT see it.
Jasmineee's picture

This message is real talk. We

This message is real talk. We need everyone to support this movie. Black actresses and a Black Director/Producer. If you go and see stupid movies such as "40 year old virgin". Then we can go see a real life changing movie.
Miss Myisha's picture

my point EXACTLY!!!!!

my point EXACTLY!!!!! Couldn't have said it better myself!
O'CONFIDENT 1's picture

I can't wait to see it. Will

I can't wait to see it. Will be supporting, definitely! If it's as good as the book, I'll go twice! And whoever said that stupid shit about a man going to see it, why even click on the post? You MUST not have a girl... or you have a hood rat who is willing to wait for the next installment of "Menace II Society" before you take her to the movies! lol!
Anonymous1's picture

I'm marking my calendar now!

I'm marking my calendar now! Loved the book, just as much as "Women on Brewster Place", our literature doesn't get half as much credit as it should. Anyways, y'all check out my site www.btigress.com for affordable Indian hair. Please support our black owned businesses ladies!
The Black Tigress's picture

I'M SO SICK OF THIS FRUIT

I'M SO SICK OF THIS FRUIT CAKE MAKING MOVIES. FUCK TYLER PERRY AND HIS FEMINIST FILMS. THAT NIGGA NEEDA MAN UP AND GROW A PAIR OR COME OUT THE FUCKIN CLOSET ALREADY. THAT NIGGA KNOW HE WANNA BE A BITCH.
wacko's picture

LOL, what the hell is your

LOL, what the hell is your problem?????
DeePDX's picture

Amen! Why does Tyler Perry

Amen! Why does Tyler Perry always high light the struggles of a women. As if, if you were born with a penis the world is your oyster. Men bleed too!!!!!!!!! You can hard tell one T P movie from another. Black women screaming and crying over ONE thing and ONE thing only . . . . . Dick! for as much as women say they don't need a man they talk about them a lot!!!
MasterMind's picture

Daddy's Little Girls!

Daddy's Little Girls!
Anonymous's picture

Have your ignorant ass ever

Have your ignorant ass ever stopped to wonder why he puts so much focus on women? Maybe, he grew up seeing his mother, grandmother or some female member of his family struggle. Either way, he's making way more money than you, while you're sitting behind your computer talking shit about him. Sound like someone needs to get a life!!!!
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