Tyler Perry revealed that his "Madea's Witness Protection" co-star Denise Richards does a pretty good impression of the lead character Madea.
"I didn't know her comedic chops were what they were, but it was very hard for her to keep a straight face," Perry said in an interview provided by the Lionsgate, which is releasing the film. "Doing a scene where Madea has given her some advice on how to handle a situation and to watch her imitate Medea, that's worth the price of admission."
"To watch Denise Richards do her best Madea impression, it's just hysterical," he added.
In the film, Perry reprises his roles as Mabel "Madea" Simmons / Joe Simmons / Brian Simmons. Eugene Levy is George Needleman, a businessman who unknowingly takes part in a Ponzi scheme in New York City, which involved money from the mob. Needleman and his family have to go into the witness protection program and Madea's house in the south is chosen as the secret location.
Needleman and his wife (played by Richards), daughter, son and mother (played by Doris Roberts) all move into Madea's home. The film also stars rapper and actor Romeo Miller as the son of a preacher, John Amos and Marla Gibbs.
On working with Levy, Perry said it "was beyond a dream because he is hysterical."
Perry, 42, rose to fame after releasing "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" in 2005, which featured the character of Madea as well as Brian and Joe. Perry had been playing the characters on stage for years in plays he had written before making it to the big screen.
The actor and writer talked about his characters evolving and keeping close to who they have always been.
"I don't think the performances for Madea or Joe or Brian have changed, I think they're the same people just me a little older. So I'm still having fun with them, still allowing them to be who they are but
I'm pushing the envelope a little bit," he said. "I think the characters are becoming more evolved as time goes on so that I look forward to every time I get to rewrite or write another character I get to take the evolution a little bit further."
"Madea's Witness Protection" hit theaters on June 29. Check out the trailer below.