With a slew of hit movies, plays and a top TV series, Tyler Perry's meteoric rise to fame almost got the best of him.
The prolific filmmaker whose new film "The Family That Preys" hits theaters Friday, was almost ready to lock his gates and take cover in his Atlanta mansion until some of his friends helped him work it out.
"I was going through some stuff in my life at the time and I had just finished a couple of movies," Perry said. "I'd been famous for a long time among black people and when I walked around I'd get all this love and support and high fives and all this stuff. But when the movies started to come out and I started to raise my head above water, I started getting people taking shots at me. I hadn't experienced the negativity, people jumping my fence and the stalkers and the foolishness I was dealing with. I was at a place where I didn't want to continue."
At that point Perry was ready to fade into the background, but one of his friends asked him if he was "living or existing."
"I was like wow, that's a good thought," he said. "Then I heard Leann Womack sing 'I Hope You Dance.' And I was like, 'Man, I'm not enjoying my life. I'm not enjoying this part of it.' So, that's where the story ("Preys") comes from. This is like my cathartis of everyday is a gift, live."
Perry says that he's also learned how to deal with all the BS and negativity.
"I have this thing called 'Go to Hell,' that I'm really enjoying right about now!"