The writer and director Tyler Perry has officially opened his massive new film studio in Atlanta, with a party that drew celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Samuel L Jackson and Halle Berry.
‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs pivotal in everything that we‚Äôve done, everything that we‚Äôre doing still, that we continue to try to motivate and inspire people,‚ÄĚ said Perry, who was once homeless.
Winfrey praised Perry and said the new studio head was a force to be reckoned with.
‚ÄúHe didn‚Äôt wait for other people to validate or to say you should go this way, or that way. He said: ‚ÄėI‚Äôm going to create my own way,‚Äô and as we can see here, become a force for himself,‚ÄĚ Winfrey said.
Jackson pointed to Perry‚Äôs vision as the key to his ascent. ‚ÄúThis is more about Tyler the entrepreneur. The visionary. A guy who understands that ownership means that you can do what you want,‚ÄĚ Jackson said.
Tyler Perry Studios has 12 soundstages, each named after a seminal black actor.
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