Tyler Perry Says ‘Temptation’ Resonates Personally

By// Danielle Canada

Tyler Perry talks to JET at the “Temptation” Red Carpet in Atlanta. Photo by Danielle Canada.

The star power reached a fever pitch in Atlanta at the premiere of Tyler Perry’s new movie Temptation. Fans lined up to catch a glimpse of Perry and his all-star cast that included Kim Kardashian, Jurnee Smollett and Lance Gross. All three stars were spotted at the screening alongside their costars Robbie Jones and Ella Joyce. And while Kardashian’s role in the film was initially heavily contested, fans rushed to take pictures with the reality star who showed off her pregnancy glow in an empire waist gown and Kardashian Kollection leggings.

According to the man of the hour himself, who arrived at the screening in a sleek silver coupe, his latest film was about much more than the socialite. “Putting the cast together was the easiest part of it,” Tyler Perry told JET on the red carpet. “When you bring this kind of message to people I think you are going to be against some sort of opposition. The message is not about Kim, it’s not about Jurnee, it’s not about anybody.This message is about what happens when you make a bad decision.”

Echoing Perry’s thoughts was veteran actress Ella Joyce who sparkled in a maroon ensemble and dished on the message of the motion picture. “The temptations that we succumb to, we end up having to live with those choices,” she said. “We go back and ask for forgiveness but some of those choices you have to live with.”

Perry also added that he ultimately wants the viewing audience to learn from the steamy scenes between Judith (Jurnee Smollett) and Harley (Robbie Jones). While they are aimed at making viewers hot under the collar, Perry says they have much more depth. The topic apparently hits especially close to home to the playwright considering that one of his close friends is currently dealing with the consequences of their actions.

“It’s all about people understanding,” Perry said. “I’m dealing with a friend right now who let one bad decision change his whole life. I’m talking to him every night to try and help him get it together. There are choices.”

Other stars at the premiere included Kandi Burruss, Nene Leakes and Cynthia Bailey of Real Housewives of Atlanta fame as well as Tika Sumpter, Rachel Roy and Jasmine Guy.

Check out a full gallery from the event here.

Tyler Perry’s Temptation hits theaters March 29.