These days, Perry says, he's more color-blind than ever from years traveling amid many cultures: "I'm just finding out more as I travel the country and world, the more I meet people, we're all the same."
"When I first started, it was 100 percent black," he said. "I knew something had changed drastically with Madea. To see it show up in the box office, to see what I already saw in theaters, it's very powerful. I'm grateful. Eighteen years. That character. People still love the franchise. Who knew?"