More About TP’s “For Colored Girls”

I did something I’ve never done before. Don’t tell anyone but your mom. I went to Tyler Perry’s website. Wait, wait, before you judge me, let me explain.

I’d read somewhere online that he’d addressed people who were wary of him making “For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” into a film, and I wanted to know what he had to say.

To keep you from going to the website, if you have personal issues with that, here’s the letter in its entirety. I wish he wouldn’t have been so free with the commas and caps lock, but who am I to tell him what to do?

Hey there, I know I haven’t written in a while, but I’ve been crazy busy with 154 performances since the top of the year. I filmed two movies this summer. I haven’t had a break. It’s all too much! Something’s gotta give here. I’m exhausted. Anyway, I wanted to talk to you about FOR COLORED GIRLS.

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.

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~ by MsInklination on October 15, 2010.

One Response to “More About TP’s “For Colored Girls””

  1. Did you know that google ads is running the ad for this on your blog? I hadn’t given the movie much thought, but after reading the cast list and seeing the trailer, with 4 Women covered in the background, I’m officially jazzed. Even a movie with Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Kimberly Elise, Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine and Anika Noni Rose reading ads from Craig’s List, it would be a decent movie. I have to make some Black friends so I can go see this with them.

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