To provide the late Cicely Tyson "some security in her later years," 

Tyler Perry once paid her $1 million for a single day of work.

Tyler Perry is a multi-talented individual! However, he started out modest.

"By letting people underestimate me, I was able to close some amazing deals. 

I always kept my mouth shut, heard what they had to say, and closed the transaction. 

Well, I've got to own it, I'd say. The response was "Oh, OK, whatever."

They didn't expect that my debut movie, Diary of a Mad Black ..

Woman from 2005, which debuted at number 1, would be very successful.