There's a lot of competition out there when it comes to movie making. With a fierce market that includes the likes of Disney, Warner Bros, and Paramount, it can be a tough cookie to crack to make it big.
But, actor, Tyler Perry has come in with a bang after opening his own movie studio that is apparently "bigger than Warner Bros, Paramount, and Disney combined."
For his jam-packed grand opening party in Atlanta last weekend, a whole host of a-listers attended, including Beyonce, Oprah Winfrey, and Samuel L. Jackson, in support of his new venture. But, the opening of his major studio is way more than Hollywood buzz, as the actor, comedian, and writer has made history as the first black American to own a studio outright.
Keep scrolling to learn the true extent of this enormous studio and why despite its opening, Perry still feels ignored by Hollywood.
Tyler Perry was born September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, Louisiana.
via: Getty ImagesOver the years, Perry has crafted an impressive career in the entertainment industry, spanning theatre, acting, writing, and directing.
But, he had a difficult childhood, suffering years of abuse.Biography, he once described his father as a man "whose answer to everything was to beat it out of you."
But his trauma didn't end there...
After dropping out of high school, he managed to get himself on the entertainment industry radar...After eventually earning his GED, the star held a string of unfulfilling jobs before discovering his true passion for entertainment.
Oprah Winfrey was the inspiration behind his first musical I Know I've Been Changed.
via: Getty ImagesAs per Biography, after watching an episode of Oprah Winfrey's famed talk show, "Perry was inspired by a comment on the program about how writing about difficult experiences could lead to personal breakthroughs." So, he took up the advice and started a series of letters to himself, which later became the basis for the musical. Though it opened to a disappointing turnout, he was not deterred and continued on his pursuit to break into the industry.
His big win came with his 2000 play, I Can Do Bad All by Myself.
Soon enough, Perry became the box office superstar was know him as today.
via: Getty ImagesThe star has developed several television shows, including House of Payne, and acted in countless smash-hit movies including popular mystery drama, Gone Girl and last year's Vice.
He also recently earnt himself a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
When it comes to the Hollywood scene, he's certainly a force to reckoned with.
via: Getty ImagesWhether it's his shows, acting jobs, theatre or directing work, Perry knows how to produce a big box office hit.
And now it seems he's tackling the movie-making realm on a whole new scale.
via: Getty ImagesThe star has just opened his own major movie studio.
The "Tyler Perry Studio" is huge, and we mean, huge...
Which makes it bigger than "Disney, Warner Bros. and Paramount’s studios in Burbank, California, combined."
Perry's latest studio venture has made history...
He held its star-studded grand opening last weekend.
But it's not all been rainbows and sunshine...CBS News, Perry explained: "I clearly believe that I’m ignored in Hollywood, for sure. And that’s fine. I get it. "My audience and the stories that I tell are African-American stories specific to a certain audience, specific to a certain group of people that I know, that I grew up [with], and we speak a language. Hollywood doesn’t necessarily speak the language. A lot of critics don’t speak that language. So, to them, it’s like, ‘What is this?’"
People have reportedly asked whether he built the studio for "validation."
via: YouTubeBut when faced with this question during his interview with CBS, Perry replied "‘No. Not at all."
He wants his studio to be a place where everyone is represented.
via: Getty Images"So, when I come to work here and every black person that comes to work here they go, ‘Oh my God, it’s heaven. Here we are. We’re represented.’ Where everybody’s represented. LGBTQ’s represented. Black, white, gay, straight, whatever. We’re all represented, working hand-in-hand, arm-in-arm," he explained.
Perry believes what he is doing with his new studio is extremely important for those who are often ignored in Hollywood.
via: YouTube"So, what I know about what I’m doing is, any doubters, just come take a visit and walk these streets, see these people, see these underdogs and you tell me what I do don’t matter."