The play is clearly a departure from Tyler Perry's standard fare and actress Kerry Washington, one of the many accomplished names in the all-star cast, tells the Wall Street Journal that audiences will not be disappointed.
The original stage play is poetic and multilayered–and thus a complete left-field turn for Perry, who is better known for churning out populist money-making vehicles that get slammed by critics for playing on stereotypes and going for cheap laughs and easy sentiment. "I know it’s not fair, but I want to say you had to be there," [Kerry] Washington says of working on the movie. "I’m hoping that when people see the movie, that’s how they feel. If you can imagine going to set and you see chairs that say Macy Gray, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton. It was breathtaking. We actually kept taking pictures of our chairs because we were so excited to be working together."
“I spoke to Tyler before we started filming and I was really excited about his vision,” Washington says. “I think after producing ‘Precious’ he really showed he was committed to more than one genre of storytelling.” ... She adds that “the fact that you had the number of actresses you did commit to the film” was a sign that the script for Perry’s movie had done justice to the play.
The fabulous Macy Gray also talked to R20 about the movie and Tyler Perry and made similar comments.
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The release date has been moved up to November for Academy Award season.