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Tyler Perry laments need for training amid push for diversity in Hollywood

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Tyler Perry has emphasised the need for training and mentorship while also celebrating the new era of diversity in Hollywood.

The actor/ filmmaker was talking ahead of the premiere of his new movie, A Jazzman’s Blues, at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend.

Family drama A Jazzman’s Blues, which was also written and produced by Perry, sees the usually comedic star – well known for his slapstick Madea franchise – venture in a new direction. The movie tells the story of forbidden love, family drama and decades of secrets that begin to unravel.

Talking about the positive way the movie industry is changing in terms of diversity, the 52-year-old also expressed some concerns he has with The Hollywood Reporter.

“I am extremely excited for what has happened,” he beamed. “The diversity, the choices, the opportunities. But I worry because there is such a push for diversity and push for hiring people of colour that I have found, in situations, that there are people (who) can be pushed into seats they are not ready for.

“I don’t want to have us as Black people in seats that we weren’t ready for and then have people that are not Black that were moved out of those seats that say, ‘Look what an awful job they’re doing.’ It’s my hope that in all of this push for diversity that we are also providing the time and the training to make sure that we can do a great job.”

A Jazzman’s Blues is set to be released via Netflix on 23 September.

– Cover Media