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Feb 25th, 2009 LOS ANGELES -- Tyler Perry wants Madea dead.
That may come as a surprise, given the big-hearted but foul-tempered, pistol-packin' granny has emerged as director-writer-producer-actor Perry's signature character -- and, now, his cash cow.
"Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail" topped the U.S. box office last weekend with $41 million in its first three days of release. The dramedy marks Perry's all-time opening weekend, and is poised to sprint past the overall take of his top-grossing film, "Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Reunion" (2006).
Still, Perry confesses: "I would love to see Madea die a slow death in the next film."
The reason? It takes a lot of effort to turn the 6-foot-5-inch Perry into big momma Madea.
He knows she's "a whole lot of fun to watch. But to do it is a nightmare," Perry says.
"It's all one suit that I'm zipped into, so it's all heavy. The hips are heavy. And the more I sweat, the heavier it gets. I see why women have back problems who have large breasts. Holding those things upright can be tough." . . .