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After a three year hiatus, Madea returns to the big screen in Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween, but believe it or not, it was funny man Chris Rock who initiated the gun-toting granny’s return to theaters.

HipHollywood sat down with Tyler Perry and the cast of his new flick for a special Q&A session at the YouTube Space in L.A., and found out how Rock inspired the film.

“Chris Rock did this movie called Top Five, and in it, he did this ridiculous spoof that he called and got permission from me called Boo! A Madea Halloween. I was like, ‘Chris, that is so ridiculous,'” explained Perry. “But I was like, ‘Fine, do it.’ So he puts it in the movie, and Lionsgate saw and they went, ‘Umm, Tyler, what do you think about a Halloween movie?'”

In the film, Madea winds up in the middle of some hilarious Halloween mayhem, and Perry enlisted some of the Web’s most talented social media influencers, including Liza Koshy, Yousef Erakat, Brock O’Hearn and Diamond White to help bring Madea to a new generation.

Check out the video above to hear what they had to say about working with Perry, and why he believes this is the funniest Madea flick to date.

Boo! A Madea Halloween hits theaters October 21.

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