*Get ready Tyler Perry fans because Madea is back. This time around Madea is running from trouble instead of towards it. “Boo! A Madea Halloween” finds Madea in the middle of mayhem when she spends a haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.
EUR associate Herica Thompson was on the scene at YouTube Space LA, where Tyler Perry and some of his cast who happen to be major social media influencers engaged in an intimate Q&A. Tyler Perry wanted to introduce a new audience to Madea and personally sought out some of YouTube’s biggest content creators like Yousef Erakat, Liza Koshy and Instagram model Brock O’Hurn to star in the film.
Find out how this movie was made, Chris Rock’s influence on the film and more insight about the cast below. Boo! A Madea Halloween hits theaters this Friday Oct 21, 2016, just in time for Halloween.
Question: Where did the idea for this movie come from?
Tyler Perry: Believe it or not Chris Rock. Chris did a mock spoof of Madea in his film Top Five. Lionsgate called me after seeing it and said what do you think of really doing it?
Question: How did you develop this relationship with YouTube and the YouTube stars Liza Koshy and Yousef Erakat?
Tyler Perry: I wanted to introduce Madea to a new generation through social media. These guys have such a huge following and I was fascinated at their content so I personally reached out to offer roles for the film.
Question: Where you all surprise to get called about appearing in the film?
Liza Koshy: I thought I was being Punk’d. I’m so excited and grateful. Tyler was so gracious and welcoming. This is a big opportunity and my first acting role ever,
Yousef Erakat: I thought I was the one getting pranked this time. I have always wanted this. I majored in this in school. I knew that being brown skin that some of my roles would be ones that don’t always represent me. I had so much fun and appreciate Tyler for giving us this incredible opportunity.
EUR Extra … Video of Tyler Perry responding to questions:
You like giving new talent a chance. How did you find some of the cast?
How long did it take to film the movie?