Casting Notice For Tyler Perry's New TBS Series Looking For "HOTTEST, SEXIEST, African-American men"

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 20, 2011 8:13 AM
23 Comments
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I couldn't help but laugh when I read this character breakdown for a guest starring role from a recent casting notice distributed for TBS's 3rd Tyler Perry-created and produced sitcom series, titled For Better Or Worse.

As we already know, the TV series will be based on TP's Why Did I Get Married? films (at first plays), and will follow "the ups-and-downs of married life for Marcus and Angela," characters originated in the features films, played by Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith; both actors will also star in the upcoming TV series, by the way.

TBS has already ordered 10 episodes, with production beginning this week.

Here's the character breakdown:

[TYREKE] African-American male, mid 20s--late 30s. We are looking for the HOTTEST, SEXIEST, African-American men in all shades! If you have models, submit them! If you represent professional sports athletes who are in great physical condition, submit them! Do not let their acting ability stop you from submitting them! This is a role that is currently being developed and we do not have material. This is a nation wide search so do not let location hinder you! This role works on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 and if the person selected is not within the state of Georgia they will need to be available for us to travel them on Tuesday, June 21st. Travel back will be on Thursday, June 23rd. Be prepared for the possibility that those selected may need to put themselves on tape with some other chosen sides. The actor must be comfortable with their body to do a shirtless scene if required. GUEST STAR

I especially laughed at the "Do not let their acting ability stop you from submitting them!" line! Hah! Obviously, the emphasis here is on the "HOTTEST, SEXIEST" part.

By the way, the deadline for submissions was last week Friday, so don't bother emailing me to ask how/where you can submit.

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23 Comments

  • Orville | July 21, 2011 9:50 AMReply

    Carey Carey your comments are very homophobic because homosexuality is NOT a lifestyle it is a sexual orientation. Maybe the reason black gay and lesbian entertainers hide in the closet is due to the homophobia that is projected by heterosexual blacks. The person that posted this article about Tyler Perry is obviously spreading homophobia. Even if Tyler Perry is indeed gay I can't blame Tyler for hiding in the closet given the fact blacks are so homophobic.

  • Picture This Production Films | June 22, 2011 9:01 AMReply

    Picture This Production Films invites you to the short film premiere of “There can Only be One” on Wednesday, June 29th at the trendy M Bar on 257 Peter Street, Atlanta, Georgia. The show begins at 6:30pm. For any additonal information please contact 347-551-6418. Looking forward to seeing you there.

  • Picture This Production Films | June 22, 2011 9:00 AMReply

    Picture This Production Films invites you to the short film premiere of “There can Only be One” on Wednesday, June 29th at the trendy M Bar on 257 Peter Street, Atlanta, Georgia. The show begins at 6:30pm. For any additonal information please contact 347-551-6418. Looking forward to seeing you there.

  • Picture This Production Films | June 22, 2011 8:59 AMReply

    Picture This Production Films invites you to the short film premiere of "There can Only be One" on Wednesday, June 29th at the trendy M Bar on 257 Peter Street, Atlanta, Georgia. The show begins at 6:30pm. For any additonal information please contact 347-551-6418, Looking forward to seeing you there.

  • BluTopaz | June 22, 2011 6:24 AMReply

    @ CareyCarey

    "So please excuse my liberal analogy. I should not have thrown gays under the blanket with people who exhibit violent tendencies and immoral behavior"

    Oh, I know you were not doing something so insensitive. It was directed more at Benzii's comment, and your assertion that homophobia means an extreme reaction. imo it's like when a bigot says they're not racist because they've never burned a cross on someone's lawn.

    thx for your clarification! Tyler Perry should be proud just the mention of his name elicits so much various dialogue!

  • CareyCarey | June 22, 2011 3:47 AMReply

    What'sup Blu,

    Kick rocks? Nawl baby, me and you ain't gonna do nothing but make sweet music together, and you know that.

    To a certain degree I was directing my comment at a few of your words because I knew you wouldn't go left. I totally understand what you were saying in the following paragraph...

    " I had a gay uncle who lived in Birmingham and drank himself to death-imagine making the lifestyle choice of being Black AND gay in 1950’s Bombingham. He didn’t have the luxury of changing either of those things about himself, and he was a wonderful person"

    Believe me, I am in agreement with you. You may know this (maybe not) but I was a do or die addict for many years. I didn't sign up for that "lifestyle" but those outside that loop would think differently. Ignorance and denial is a mean thang.

    "He didn’t have the luxury of changing either of those things about himself, and he was a wonderful person"

    Yep, as I fought to recover from my predicament, I discovered that substance abusers (many) are some of the most compassionate, wonderful and intelligent people in the world; struggling, fighting,working with the hands they were dealt, regardless of what the "world" believes.

    So please excuse my liberal analogy. I should not have thrown gays under the blanket with people who exhibit violent tendencies and immoral behavior.

    My basic point centered solely at those who incorrectly use the word homophobia/homophobic.

    The word is frequently mis-used and misunderstood, just like the word "addict". The largest (overwhelming) segment of addicts are those who consume alcohol, not those who consume illegal drugs. The ratio = 100 to 1

    So yeah....you said: "And btw it’s not a “lifestyle”, whole nother topic"...

    Yes we do have a few topics for another day. Thanks for the insight and clarifications.

  • Miles Ellison | June 22, 2011 2:28 AMReply

    Clearly, the same criteria concerning the lack of acting ability was used for the casting of House of Payne and Meet the Browns. Why would this be any different?

    The problem with Tyler Perry isn't that he might (or might not be) gay. It's that he's a terrible filmmaker who turns out large mounds of unwatchable cinematic solid waste.

  • BluTopaz | June 22, 2011 1:57 AMReply

    @CareyCarey

    sorry for any double posts

    Not sure if that was directed at my comment, if not tell me to go kick rocks. But imo when someone makes an automatic parallel between homosexuality and violence/immorality, that's not merely "disagreeing with the lifestyle"-it's homophobia. You can oppose what people do in their homes, but to instinctively regard them as evil is wrong. There are people who would never marry out of their race and that's fine--to also consider people who don't look like you as negative is what I am talking about. And i'll be honest-i laugh at the jokes about Perry casting for his next boo, same way I would giggle if the rumors were him looking for a woman (which would be even funnier-sorry i could not help that - i'm not Mother Theresa!).

    And btw it's not a "lifestyle", whole nother topic. Is it a lifestyle for you to have been born Black? Or to make it clearer let's imagine an "other" rephrasing Bunzii's comment: 'Materialistic, immoral, Black, violent etc.'

    I know that you are a very intelligent man who thinks about different perspectives, and I'm not saying you have to understand what other people do with their lives. I had a gay uncle who lived in Birmingham and drank himself to death-imagine making the lifestyle choice of being Black AND gay in 1950's Bombingham. He didn't have the luxury of changing either of those things about himself, and he was a wonderful person.

    I'm not gay either, but I've had too many gay friends harassed and almost killed (in liberal capital of the country NYC) for me to give a pass to folks who feel entitled to place homosexuality in a box with the ills of the world, just because they "don't agree" with it.

  • Yoshi | June 21, 2011 11:58 AMReply

    Shemar Moore, Boris Kodjoe, Henry Simmons, Michael J White, Brian J White, do I need to continue?

    When you're looking for eye candy we all know that Tyler can find them.

  • CareyCarey | June 21, 2011 9:11 AMReply

    When I look at the word Homophobia; a term used to describe the behavior and attitude of people that to a range of negative feelings and opinions towards lesbians and gays and in some cases bisexual, transgender people, I don’t understand why the word is used to attack those that do not agree with that lifestyle. Their complaints and criticism are as valid as those directed at racists, bigots, pedophiles, bigamist, pulpit pimps and any of a variety of lifestyles that many would consider “not normal” (for lack of a better word).

    And for the most part, there’s a big trick being played. I do not believe those that object to a gay lifestyle has a “phobia” (morbid fear) or a type of anxiety disorder because of their opinions/positions on homosexuality.

    So in short, I've frequently wonder how and why the word Homophobia is used as a counter attack (hurled at) those that oppose homosexuality?

    Tyler will be who he is, and do what he do, and I have homosexuals in my family, but do I fear them and him? Miss me with that one.

  • Gigi Young | June 21, 2011 7:13 AMReply

    Countdown to the comments accusing Tyler Perry of being a closeted gay man in 4...3...2..1...

    S&A can be so predictable.

  • BluTopaz | June 21, 2011 5:01 AMReply

    Bunziii-I love how so many Af-Ams display their ignorant homophobia and don't expect to be called out on it.

  • Mr Bunziii | June 21, 2011 4:00 AMReply

    I love the way we African Americans are so quick to rip apart each other at the pinnacle of our success. Tyler is innocent until someone say's he was unprofessional or otherwise. When that happens, I will be the first to say, he had it coming. Until then i look at black film industry the same i look at the majority of Hollywood, white and black... Materialistic, immoral, homosexual, violent etc. ( You know im telling the truth) Give this black man some elbow room... STFU

  • Scarlett | June 21, 2011 2:44 AMReply

    I don't believe this, especially from a site called indiewire.com (lol) Funny enough if you search under google, no one else has written about this topic, so don't believe everything you read.

  • ActingDrama | June 21, 2011 2:28 AMReply

    This is like a Boondocks skit waiting to happen.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | June 20, 2011 11:36 AMReply

    Bogus or not, we all know what Citizen Coon prefers.

    "...AND ALL HIS WORKS!!!"

  • Darkan | June 20, 2011 10:50 AMReply

    @ Zynga. The casting notice is true. Worked with some actors on the role.

  • THEYSAY | June 20, 2011 10:26 AMReply

    Thats right Tyler would never approve this mess, and the person who REPOST THIS MESS IS JUST AS RATCHED AND WANT SOME GOSSIP...... GO GET SOME BUSINESS !

  • sandra | June 20, 2011 10:16 AMReply

    Is this a casting call for Chippendales - the series? Just smile and make your pecs dance, baby!

  • Neziah | June 20, 2011 10:14 AMReply

    @ Sergio LOL

  • Sergio | June 20, 2011 10:00 AMReply

    UH OH! Sounds like Tyler is looking for a new "companion".

    I can see material already for a new episode of The Boondocks

  • BluTopaz | June 20, 2011 9:31 AMReply

    “Do not let their acting ability stop you from submitting them!”

    Are we sure this is not for a leading man role?

  • zynga | June 20, 2011 9:22 AMReply

    Their is no way Tyler Perry would have approve this garbage. Whoever sent this out will be fired. I can gurantee it!!

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