While most businesses in the country have shuddered due to the pandemic that’s engulfing the whole world at the moment, Tyler Perry‘s out grinding harder than ever as if he’s living in his last days or something.
According to The New York Post, the Chicago penman/actor/hardest working man in show business went on a marathon two-month shoot that started at his Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta this past July and filmed 82 episodes of his BET series Sisters and The Oval and BET+’s Ruthless and Bruh. But the most impressive feat of em all must’ve been Tyler Perry’s monumental achievement of shooting 19 episodes of BET+’s Bruh in just four days. Four. Days.
While it seems like it could’ve been problematic given the COVID-19 pandemic, Tyler took certain precautions a la NBA to ensure the safety of his production team, actors, and of course, himself.
Perry filmed new seasons of his series amid the coronavirus pandemic using a quarantine bubble model, sequestering cast and crew on the lot for the duration of a shoot.
Overall, there were 32 shoot days and 51 quarantine days total for the four series, with weeklong breaks between production of “Sistas” and “The Oval” as well as “The Oval and Ruthless.” (Perry and his crew stayed in continuous production after “Ruthless” to shoot “Bruh.”)
Perry’s quarantine bubble model involves check-in testing as cast and crew arrive at the studio, with everyone staying in their rooms until test results come back.
There were four positive tests (out of 360 people) during the check-in phase on “Sistas,” none of which involved cast, and a cast member of “Ruthless” tested positive during check-in.
But the bubble held up; there were no positive cases in camp once cast and crews had checked in and production started.
Tyler Perry hasn’t become Hollywood’s latest billionaire for nothing. This man is on a mission to maintain his brand new airport or something. Either way props to the man for his relentless grind.