Tyler Perry shoots scenes in Memphis for new movie 'Joe's College Road Trip' – Commercial Appeal

If you thought you saw Tyler Perry on Beale Street this week, don’t blame the Handy’s Hurricanes from Rum Boogie Cafe.
The superstar actor-writer-producer-director was here Tuesday to shoot scenes for his new movie, Memphis and Shelby County Film & Television Commissioner Linn Sitler confirmed Wednesday.
The movie is titled “Joe’s College Road Trip.” The Netflix project began production earlier this month, with scenes also shot this week in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Filming also will take place in New Mexico, in early February.
The comedy-drama follows a grandfather and grandson on a road trip that includes visits to locations of cultural and historic significance to Black America. Perry, in a white Afro-style wig that is less extravagant than his famous Madea hairpiece, plays the grandfather.
In addition to shooting on Beale, the 54-year-old Perry and his traveling Tyler Perry Studios crew filmed outside the National Civil Rights Museum.
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Jon Shivers, director of Beale Street for the Downtown Memphis Commission, said the Beale scenes mainly involved the grandfather and grandson (played by Jermaine Harris) driving up and down the street in the vintage red convertible that is their road-trip vehicle. Shot on what was a somewhat misty and slightly rainy night, the sequence took “a few hours” to complete, Shivers said.
“Any time we can showcase Beale and Downtown Memphis in a positive light in the national spotlight, we’re going to do so,” Shivers said. He said the street was not closed and Beale remained open during the filming, although the district was not very crowded that night.
Shivers said Perry’s team began working out the logistics of the Beale Street visit about two weeks in advance of its arrival in Memphis. The filming was essentially a secret project, with no advance publicity released by Perry’s team or local officials.
Written and directed by Perry, “Joe’s College Road Trip” is one of two new movies the highly successful playwright-turned-filmmaker is shooting this month for Netflix. The other, to be shot at Tyler’s home studios in Atlanta, is “Madea’s Destination Wedding,” the 13th in the series showcasing Perry’s signature comedy creation, the straight-talking, pistol-packing matriarch known as Madea.
Too bad that production didn’t come to Memphis because “Madea hits Beale” is a phrase with promise. However, Madea will make a cameo appearance in “Joe’s College Road Trip,” in scenes shot in Atlanta.







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