Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I've been going about the whole fame and fortune thing all wrong, apparently. My first plan was to create a series of highly popular stage plays in which I dress in drag and dispense sassy, but sage advice on life, then extend that fame in to film and television, all branded with my name, but then I let the naysayers tell me that idea wouldn't work. I don't think there's a single blogger on this list. I've made a terrible mistake.
In Hollywood, actors like Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp get most of the attention but they aren’t necessarily the ones who are making the most money. Just check out our list of Entertainment’s Highest-Paid Men. Only two of the ten men on our list are actors and one of those actors earns most of his money as a writer/director/producer.
That would be the multi-talented Tyler Perry. If his face is not instantly recognizable that’s because in his movies he often appears dressed in drag as Madea, the wide-hipped, argumentative, no-nonsense character who has starred in six of Perry’s movies. Madea has also shown up in one of Perry’s TV shows, House of Payne.
Thanks to five movies he has cranked out over the past two years and two TV series, Perry earned $130 million between May 2010 and May 2011, which ranks him as the highest-earning man in entertainment for that time period.