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Tyler Perry's Bahamas' Premiere of Why Did I Get Married Too?
By Robbin Whachell, The Bahamas Weekly News Team
Apr 2, 2010 - 8:45:38 AM

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Tyler Perry being interviewed during his red carpet entrance at the Bahamas' premiere of his film. Photo: Derek Smith

Paradise Island, The Bahamas - It was all glamor, glitz, and black tie as people arrived at the Atlantis on the red carpet for the Bahamas' premiere of American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer, Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too? on March 29th, 2010, just a week after the world premiere in New York City and just days before the movie's release on April 2nd in the U.S.

Hundreds of Atlantis guests lined the entrance of Coral Towers, and the corridors to the theater hoping to get a glimpse and photo of a star.  When Magic Johnson arrived the people went wild. Unfortunately not too many stars from the movie made the premiere.  Tyler Perry explained the reason prior to the screening to a packed Atlantis theater.


This was the first time the Bahamas had hosted a movie premiere since Sidney Poitier's 'Buck and the Preacher' in 1972. Attendees of the 'Why Did I Get Married Too' premiere paid between $150 to $250 to attend the black tie affair.

The event was pulled together in an swift four weeks and many of the actors already had booked schedules.  Perry was greeted with thunderous applause as he took the stage prior to the screening.  He thanked the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and its film commissioner, Cr
aig Woods and also thanked the 50 Bahamians who worked on the film.

"The people of The Bahamas may take it for granted ... but appreciate the beauty you have here.  I am going to run for mayor of The Bahamas," finished Perry to an appreciative audience who cheered wildly when the first scene, showing an aerial view of Eleuthera came on the screen, as well as when they heard the song
Married Man by Bahamian singing legend, Ronnie Butler, which seemed perfect for the film.

Why Did I Get Married Too?  carries a similar plot line to the first movie, that is that the couples, all friends, go on their annual vacation to re-affirm their marriages, this time in The Bahamas, and this time with a new set of marriage challenges.  The film was shot on location in Eleuthera and highlights the beauty of The Bahamas as an ultimate holiday destination.

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Tyler Perry being interviewed during his red carpet entrance at the Bahamas' premiere of his film. Photo: Derek Smith

“The one thing they can never take out is product placement within the middle of something they want to watch, and there is no better product placement than to show the waters and the beauty of the Commonwealth and the Islands of The Bahamas,” said Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace at the press conference announcing the event . “Any time that we can show that, we find ourselves in a wonderful position.”

It was mentioned by the Bahamas Minister of Tourism that The Bahamas is much more than Paradise Island and Nassau, which is only 1.5% of the total land mass of The Bahamas. Vanderpool-Wallace encouraged everyone to explore all that The Bahamas has to offer.

In attendance for the event were many Bahamian politicians, dignitaries and business persons.  The
US Ambassador to The Bahamas, Her Excellency, Nicole Avant attended and graciously assisted after the screening with announcing lucky seats and prize winners.  Actors from the film who were in attendance besides Perry himself were Michael Jai White (Marcus) and Sharon Leal (Dianne) who played Perry's wife.  And David Mamm from Meet the Browns along with Reuben Cannon, producer of Meet the Browns were at the screening

After the screening, in which Perry received a standing ovation, an after party was held at Atlantis for the premiere guests
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(Stay tuned for an upcoming VIDEO production on the event by TheBahamasWeekly.com)


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Actor, Michael Jai White, who plays Marcus in the film Photo: Richard Rae



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SLIDE SHOW: Photos by Richard Rae



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Tyler Perry (center) with Debbie Bartlett, co-founder of GEMS Radio in Nassau and an organizer of the premiere, and Bishop Neil C. Ellis, senior pastor of Mt. Tabor Full Gospel Church. Photo: Richard Rae



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SLIDE SHOW: Photos by Richard Rae



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Lead actor who plays Tyler Perry's wife in the film, Sharon Leal Photo: Richard Rae



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Lead actor who plays Tyler Perry's wife in the film, Sharon Leal (in lilac dress) and two to her right is the Bahamas Minister of Tourism & Aviation Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace Photo: Derek Smith



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SLIDE SHOW: Photos by Richard Rae



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Tyler Perry speaks to a full house at the Atlantis theater on March 29th for the Bahamas' premiere of his film. Photo: Derek Smith



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US Ambassador to The Bahamas, Her Excellency, Nicole Avant with her husband Ted Sarandos Photo: Richard Rae



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David Mann of Meet the Browns with his wife Tamela Mann Photo: Richard Rae



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SLIDE SHOW: Photos by Richard Rae



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