LOS ANGELES – Tyler Perry said he couldn't "just leave" his photos in Georgia, despite Hollywood's reaction to the state's abortion law.
The writer-director actor made the remarks to Associate Press on Friday as you discuss the upcoming opening of his Atlanta-based studio. Some celebrities have called for television and movie companies to leave the country after Republican Gov. Brian Kemp signed a restrictive abortion bill in May.
But Perry, whose hits include the Madea franchise and Why I Married, said he was committed to staying put.
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"Atlanta is a dream. It was the promised land, "he said," So when I got here, the whole state and the city was amazing to me and I wouldn't trade it for nothing. And I put $ 250 million in the land here and in the studio. So, when you have a quarter of
Perry is planning to open his new star studios over the weekend.
The law prohibits abortions after detecting a fetal heartbeat, which can happen as early as six weeks of pregnancy, before many women realize they are expecting. The law is due to come into force on January 1st.
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Others, such as Jordan Pele and J. J. Abrams began filming his show on HBO's "Lovecraft County" but said it would donate all its "episodic fees" to law-abiding organizations, including Georgia's ACLU and Fair Fight Georgia.
Perry is not vocal about his views on the law, but the director later told the AP that he was against the law.
"I do not believe that any man should be able to tell a woman what he can do with his body or with his reproductive organs,"
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Perry said workers who helped the thriving television and film industry in Georgia could have an impact on the industry. Choosing Governor of 2022
what I know about this industry is that there are 94,000 people plus 98,000 people who are in this industry and who benefit greatly from it, "he said. "And that's a lot of votes. Right now, I'm waiting and seeing the moment. But it's a lot of votes. It's a lot of votes that can make an election."