Tyler Perry says he's retiring Madea character after almost 20 years

01 November, 2018, 05:44 | Author: Donna Miller
  • Tyler Perry Plans to Kill Off 'Madea' Character in 2019

The director also revealed we will be saying goodbye to Madea in the upcoming movie A Madea Family Funeral - which is set to hit theatres in March 2019.

"This is it", he told SiriusXM radio host Bevy Smith on her show Bevelations on Monday (October 29). In 2019, it will officially be twenty years since Perry began playing dress-up as Madea on stage.

Madea is the character of an elderly African American woman played by Tyler Perry.

After amassing $500M worldwide starring as Mabel Earlene "Madea" Simmons in 10 films and 10 plays, Tyler Perry has made a decision to bid farewell to the fictional 87-year-old grandmother-of-five for good.

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"I just don't want to be her age [still] playing her", 49-year-old Perry said.

Perry is also planning a farewell stage play tour across the country and said he will share the details in the coming months. Both movies were written and directed by Perry.

Since the character's debut in 1999 in the play, "I Can Do Bad All by Myself", it has grossed more than $500 million worldwide at the box office from 10 films.

BEAUTIES:? Which is your favorite Madea film? The character is known to use comical and vulgar language, and has a litany of criminal offenses, which was especially highlighted in 2009's "Madea Goes to Jail".

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