Madea’s Farewell Play to Stream on BET+ Aug. 27

Tyler Perry to retire 'Madea' after the 21st and final installment in the series. 'Madea's Farewell Play' begins streaming on BET+ Aug. 27.

‘Madea’s Farewell Play’, the final installment in Tyler Perry’s two-decade spanning series will begin streaming on BET+ today, August 27th, 2020. The play is Tyler Perry’s 21st installment in the Madea series that began 20 years ago. Now an iconic character in American comedy, Madea first appeared before audiences in 2000’s play, I Can Do Bad All By Myself. The following year Perry reprised the role in Diary of a Mad Black Woman. The play came to Hollywood in February of 2005 and became one of the top-grossing comedies of the year. Directed by Darren Grant, Diary of a Mad Black Woman was the first in the Madea film franchise as well as Tyler Perry’s Hollywood debut.

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Tyler Perry’s debut film ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman’

Inspiration Behind the Iconic Role

Tyler Perry has said that the idea for the character Madea is based on his own mother and aunt as well as other mature women he’s known throughout his life. Drawing from personal experience and real-world examples is a big part of what has made Perry’s most iconic role such a huge success. In Perry’s final performance as the illustrious 6’2″, 495 lb. old black lady in ‘Madea’s Farewell Play’ he exceeds expectations yet again.

In Perry’s own words, Madea is “exactly the PG version of my mother and my aunt, and I loved having an opportunity to pay homage to them. She would beat the hell out of you but make sure the ambulance got there in time to make sure they could set your arm back.”

Click here to read Perry’s Bio.

Why is Perry Saying ‘Farewell’ to Madea in His Final Play?

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Madea’s Farewell Party is the final in the series.

At the premiere of 2019’s A Madea Family Funeral, Perry revealed his decision to retire the role in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter . Perry said, “I don’t want to be her age playing her, so it was time to shut it down and move on. I’ve got some other things I want to do, and in this next 50, I’m going to do something different.”

We’ll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, check out The Rock as Black Adam.

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