'Madea's Witness Protection' Star Tyler Perry on Casting Oprah Winfrey: It Has to Be the Right Movie


Over the last few years, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey have established a great working relationship with each other; in 2009, they co-executive produced the movie Precious, which went on to captivate critics and audiences and nab two Academy Awards.

Now, as Winfrey prepares to star in her first live-action movie in 15 years (2013's The Butler, from Precious director Lee Daniels), it seems inevitable that Perry might try to cast Winfrey in one of his future projects.

But would he actually do it?

"It's gotta be the right film," Perry, 42, told Celebuzz Monday night at the New York premiere of his new movie, Madea's Witness Protection.

"I'm not asking Oprah to do anything unless it's absolutely, 100 percent right," he added.

Winfrey, whose eponymous talk show ended in 2011 after 25 seasons, last appeared on the big screen in the 1998 adaptation of Beloved. She subsequently lent her voice to numerous animated movies, including Bee Movie and Charlotte's Web.

Oh, and speaking of Oprah: Celebuzz also squeezed in a couple of questions with the media mogul's BFF, Gayle King, who is now almost seven months into her new gig as co-anchor of the morning news program CBS This Morning.

In fact, as King, 57, revealed to Celebuzz, she's so busy with her job, she won't even have time to take a vacation this summer.

"I have no big summer plans, because we started this thing called CBS: This Morning and we're in the middle of talk-show stuff," King said. "CBS is just trying to get in the game."

"So, no, I'm not going anywhere. I'll be right here at the anchor desk!" she added.

Madea's Witness Protection -- which co-stars Denise Richards, Eugene Levy and Doris Roberts, alongside writer-director Perry -- hits theaters nationwide on Friday.

 

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