Tyler Perry says he can’t ‘up and leave’ film­ing in Ge­or­gia

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

Tyler Perry said he can­not “just up and leave” film­ing in Ge­or­gia de­spite Hol­ly­wood's back­lash against the state's “heart­beat” abor­tion law.

The ac­tor-di­rec­tor-writer made the re­marks to The As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day while dis­cussing the up­com­ing open­ing of his mas­sive At­lanta-based stu­dio. Some celebs have urged TV and film com­pa­nies to aban­don the state af­ter Repub­li­can Gov. Brian Kemp signed the re­stric­tive abor­tion bill in May.

But Perry, whose hits in­clude the “Madea” fran­chise and “Why Did I Get Mar­ried” films, said he is com­mit­ted to stay­ing put.

“At­lanta has been the dream. It has been the promised land,” he said. “So when I got here, this whole state and city has been amaz­ing to me, and I wouldn't trade that for any­thing. Also, I put $250 mil­lion in the ground here and in the stu­dio. So when you have a quar­ter of a bil­lion dol­lars sat down in the ground, you can't just up and leave.”

Perry is plan­ning a star-stud­ded un­veil­ing of his new stu­dio com­plex next week­end.

CHRIS PIZZELLO/IN­VI­SION

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