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On Friday, "Piers Morgan Tonight" welcomed Actor, Producer, Writer and Businessman Tyler Perry for a very in-depth and candid interview. The star and creator of the highly successful "Madea" series opened up to Piers Morgan about his troubled childhood.
Perry revealed to Morgan that his relationship with his father was an abusive one. Later in life, through conversations with his relatives, Perry learned that his father's actions were a result of learned behavior, explaining that his father was "abused his entire life."
"He [Perry's father] was brought to a 14 year-old woman named May (ph) to raise," said Perry. "And everything that she knew to do to get these children to behave was to beat them. And she would tie them in a potato sack, hang them in a tree and she would beat them."
With the knowledge and understanding of his father's past, Perry was able to forgive his father. "It helped me to understand a lot of who he is, which was - which made it easier for me to let go and forgive him."
The topic changed to happier days as Perry talked about his new staring role in the movie "Alex Cross" and the daunting task of taking over the action movie franchise from Morgan Freeman who played the character of Cross in two previous films. "He played God in a movie," joked Perry about the legendary Freeman.
"But as I looked at James Patterson's description of the physicality and the age and family, and I thought, he's talking about me. So I gave it a second look and I loved the arc that I get to play in this role."
Watch the clips, and listen to the interview, as Perry talks more about his new role as an action movie star.
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