TYLER PERRY ON ACTORS WHO TURNED DOWN HIS HIGHLY ANTICIPATED NEW FILM

The entertainment mogul opens up about the release of his new period film A Jazzman’s Blues, which is filled with bright new talent Tyler Perry on Actors Who Turned Down His Highly Anticipated New Film: ‘Too Bad, So Sad for Them’ “I’m beyond excited about it,” Perry says on the PEOPLE Every Day podcast about A Jazzman’s Blues, his highly anticipated coming-of-age drama set in the 1940s, due on Netflix Sept. 23.

A fan of legendary playwright August Wilson, Perry tells PEOPLE that the inspiration for Blues came after he snuck into one of Wilson’s plays in Atlanta and the two had a chance encounter.

In the many years since, Perry has become an entertainment titan and household name, who’s helped launch the careers of stars like Idris Elba and Tessa Thompson.

But Perry says, “Too bad, so sad for them,” and despite people turning him down for this opportunity, the cast that includes actors Joshua Boone and Solea Pfeiffer surpassed his artistic vision.

“I was really moved by that number,” he says, “and understanding with the strength of my audience in all of these years of investing, I am able to write those checks to that many people, many of them, women and people of color.

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